DBA in Data SciencE
Doctor of Business Administration
Offered by Rennes School of Business in
collaboration with INSOFE
Admissions are in Progress
Batch Start: January 2022
World’s first Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Degree in Data Science
Flexibility (designed keeping a busy manager in mind) to balance work and study
Guidance from business and data science professors
A highly balanced course work on data science and research methods
Thesis on problems that you are passionate about
A highly respected profile with the ultimate degree a university can confer
The Doctorate of Business Administration in Data Science is a seamless amalgamation of business management and artificial intelligence. Students are taught courses on business strategies, thought leadership skills, and product development along with applied machine learning, data science knowlegde, artificial intelligence, and decision sciences.
These new-age, disruptive skills transform the candidates to thought leaders who will take on critical responsibilities within the organization in designing, leading, and driving digital transformation activities.
Dr. Dakshinamurthy V Kolluru
The Doctorate of Business Administration in Data Science is a 3 year doctoral program that is a seamless amalgamation of Business Management and Artificial Intelligence. The program is designed for senior managers who wish to advance their knowledge and approach business problems through the lens of data science. During the duration of study, students will work closely with a mentor in selecting, designing, and conducting research that can be published and serve as their intellectual property.
This DBA will ensure that students make great contributions to the business industry, build patentable products to solve real-world problems, stand out as thought leaders in the business world, and establish excellent professional networks that last a lifetime.
“This joint DBA in Data Science puts together two key elements essential for a quantitative jump in your career. The solid research training from Rennes School of Business coupled with the deep expertise in Data Science and AI brought by INSOFE.
In a changing world where knowledge is a highly prized commodity, there was no better time to embark on a degree. And this DBA program equips you with the tools to come up with innovative solutions for business and society.”
Dr. Thomas FROEHLICHER,
Director General & Dean, Rennes School of Business
The research proposal will be developed under the guidance of a mentor, an INSOFE Faculty while the thesis committee will consist of 3 faculty members: INSOFE faculty, Rennes SB faculty and an external expert.
“These new-age, disruptive skills transform the candidates to thought leaders who will take on critical responsibilities within the organization in designing, leading, and driving digital transformation activities.”
Dr. Dakshinamurthy V Kolluru,
- A highly balanced course work on data science, research methods, and business management
- Guidance in both business and data science from proficient professors with real-world experience from two different countries
- Develop a thesis on problems that you are passionate about in your chosen area of expertise
- Opportunity to patent your work (develop intellectual property)
- Access to Rennes School of Business digital library
- A highly respected profile with the highest degree a university can confer
The Doctorate of Business Administration candidates have ample opportunities to create substantial intellectual property by exploring and expanding the frontiers in several fields, through their unique research.
INSOFE’s DBA currently has 35+ students, making it one of the largest executive doctoral programs in data science. With students from 7 different countries working on different research topics, it is a highly diverse and multicultural data science doctoral program that one can be part of.
This can be paid in lump sum or according to the following payment schedule.
1st year: €10,000
2nd year: €10,000
3rd year: €10,000
INSOFE has tie ups with 13 leading banks in India which will offer financing options for you to finish this Doctorate degree without hassle.
100% academic loans with attractive EMI available.
Candidates should possess
A Master’s Degree with 5 years of Industry Work Experience
A Bachelor’s Degree with 8 years of Industry Work Experience
Dr. Dakshinamurthy Kolluru conducts the information sessions for the Doctorate of Business Administration programs. As one of the architects of the program, a research advisor, and professor, he will walk you through the course, its content, opportunities, and fees in detail.
The next information session 7:30 PM IST
What is the DBA programme?
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with specialisation in Data Sciences is a part-time three-year comprehensive Doctoral programme. The DBA programme is architected for working professionals and executives, to achieve a doctoral degree in business administration while continuing with their work responsibilities and careers.
This online Doctorate in Business Administration focuses on teaching rigorous foundations courses in Data Science and approaching business problems through the lens of artificial intelligence thereby enabling candidates to conduct research in specialised areas. The aim of the programme is to train individuals who can become VPs, Consultants, CXOs, and stand out as thought leaders in the business world in their niche fields.
Is the DBA programme equivalent to a PhD, if so, Can I call myself a Doctorate?
Yes! The Doctorate of Business Administration is equivalent to a PhD degree. The DBA programme is a globally recognized Doctoral programme, students can add the title of ‘Dr.’ to their names upon successfully completing and graduating from the programme.
What is the difference between the DBA and a PhD programme?
The primary goal of the DBA is to advance professional practices, prepare students to carry out applied research, and contribute to policy at the workplace or in the wider industry context. The DBA is designed for experienced managers and offers the opportunity to take your business and management knowledge to a higher level.
The PhD, on the other hand, offers the opportunity to undertake in-depth academic research to contribute to the advancement of knowledge. The DBA is a doctoral qualification just like the PhD, however, it is directly linked to the world of business.
How unique is the DBA programme and what are the benefits of pursuing the DBA programme that is jointly offered by INSOFE and Rennes School of Business?
The Doctorate of Business Administration jointly offered by INSOFE and Rennes School of Business is designed such that our students come up with solutions to real world problems in collaboration with several mentors to build products which can be patented.
The rigorous coursework (in both business and data science) and in-depth conversations with mentors ensures that our students’ projects are exceedingly innovative, serve as their intellectual property, and are sought after by industry experts.
What are the Accreditations of Rennes School of Business?
Rennes School of Business is a Global School of Management in France, recognized worldwide as one of the Top Business Schools with a triple-crown accreditation - EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB.
Who is eligible to apply to the DBA programme?
Applicants with a master's degree and 5 years of work experience will be given a preference over all other candidates. However, applicants with a bachelor's degree and minimum 8 years of work experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.
If you’re interested in examining business problems through the lens of artificial intelligence and if you want to develop innovative solutions to real world problems, then this is the programme for you.
How long is the programme?
The Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialisation in Data Science is a three-year part-time programme during which time a student is expected to complete all the coursework and defend a thesis.
What is the delivery format available for the DBA programme?
Most of the DBA classes are offered online in a synchronous manner to meet the needs of working professionals However, students will be required to travel to Rennes SB campus in France to complete some of the research courses and defenses.
What is the Application Process for the DBA programme?
- Submit an online application along with a research proposal and other supporting documents (check below).
- Pay registration fee of €100* to Rennes School of Business
- Clear an interview session with the deans of Rennes School of Business and INSOFE
Student’s candidature will be assessed by the joint admission committee of INSOFE and Rennes SB and admission will be offered only to candidates who satisfy the admission criteria of both Rennes SB and INSOFE.
What are the documents that are to be submitted during admission?
- ID Proof
- Educational Certifications (bachelors degrees onwards)
- Relevant Work Experience Letters from the Organisations
- Research Proposal - this is not your dissertation proposal
Is it essential to build a product or get a patent to get a doctoral degree?
Although it is not mandatory to apply for a patent to receive the Doctorate of Business Administration Degree, we highly encourage students to file for a patent for the unique solutions they come up with.
Will I get any assistance from INSOFE or Rennes SB in filing the patents?
INSOFE will provide assistance in filing the patent.
What are the holding rights for the Patent received?
Refer to the Patent - Legal document to know more about patent filing and patent rights.
What are the Research Groups that are available?
- Healthcare Analytics
- Capital Markets
- Connected Devices
- Data Engineering
- Advanced AI and Application
- Digital Supply Chain
Can you name the Areas of Specializations?
- Applied Engineering & Real-Time Big Data Analytics
- Financial Markets Analysis
- Advanced AI
- Digital Supply Chain
Students choose the research area and specialisation in consultation with the academic advisor.
How do I choose my academic advisor?
Students have the freedom to choose the advisor that they want to work with based on the student’s research specialisation and area of interest that they want to work in.
Please go through the faculty profiles on our website to get a sense of the research being conducted at INSOFE.
What is the tuition fee structure of the Doctorate of Business Administration?
The complete DBA Programme tuition cost is: €30,000*2. This can be paid in lump sum or according to the following payment schedule.
- 1st year: €10,000;
- 2nd year: €10,000;
- 3rd year: €10,000;
Is my travel to France and accommodation included in the tuition fees?
No, the fee structure does not include travel and accommodation to France. Students are responsible for the costs of travel, accommodation, and subsistence.
Travel to France is not an optional choice nor can the work be completed online, students will be required to visit Rennes SB to complete a part of their coursework and their defense.
Will there be any financial assistance provided?
INSOFE has tie-ups with 13 different leading banks in India. Indian students will be assisted by the programme advisory team in applying for an education loan from one of these banks. Overseas citizens and other foreign national citizens will need to talk to the academic advisors who will guide them based on their specific requirements and situation.
Can my company sponsor me?
Yes! We encourage company sponsorships. Employer-sponsored education is mutually beneficial for both the company and the employee.
By sponsoring tuition for an outstanding employee, organisations can retain and motivate high performing employees, reduce the cost of hiring new employees with the academic degree (DBA), upgrade the skills of existing employees, and enable knowledge transfer sessions within the company. Additionally, this will be a great attraction for new employees to choose an organization that sponsors employee’s education to work at.
Can I extend my DBA programme?
Yes, but only under exceptional circumstances. You will be allowed to extend your DBA for a maximum of 1 year, after your request is assessed and approved by the programme directors at both INSOFE and Rennes SB.
Tuition fees for the extended year will be an additional €7000*3 (EUROs) following which the student will not be eligible to continue in the programme if they haven’t completed all the coursework and successfully defended their thesis in the given time frame.
What type of VISA is granted? Will I get a post-study VISA/ work VISA post completion of the Programme?
DBA students will get complete assistance in applying for a visa to pursue the programme at the Rennes School of Business in France. However, students are not allowed to stay in France, post-completion of the study. There would be no visa extension.
Where are the classes delivered?
Classes are offered at all INSOFE locations, India (Hyderabad, and Bangalore) and Rennes School of Business, France. Most classes are online to accommodate working professionals.
If I completed my Data Science training or PGP certification; can I transfer my credits?
Individual cases are assessed by the programme directors at both INSOFE and Rennes SB. Student’s overall profile including previous degree(s), work experience, and performance in PGP/data science training will be taken into account when considering the candidate for admission to the Doctorate of Business Administration.
Will the DBA be awarded by INSOFE or Rennes SB?
Upon the completion of the DBA programme, the Doctor of Business Administration degree will be awarded by the Rennes School of Business, France. All our DBA students will hold a global Doctoral degree!
Would there be any study materials or reference books provided?
The lecture notes and study materials to complete the coursework will be provided during the DBA course of study.
Additionally, Rennes School of Business has a comprehensive collection of print, digital, and media resources along with access to databases such as EBSCO, ScienceDirect, WILEY, DOAJ, Emerald Insight, and JSTOR.
Under the guidance of the supervisors, the onus is on the student to find the appropriate literature related to their problem statement and complete their thesis in the given time frame.
Tell me more about the Alumni Status post-completion of the DBA programme?
As a DBA student, you will have both Rennes School of Business & INSOFE alumni status which can help maintain good networking with experienced faculty, students, and management.