3-years part time
Offered by INSOFE Institute of Technology at Golden Gate University and Edward S. Ageno School Of Business
Become a Digital
Strategy Thought Leader
Develop Unique IP
to Propel Your Career
Research in Major Journals
Doctorate of Business Administration in Digital Strategy is a 3-year executive doctoral program. This DBA is designed for participants with extensive professional work experience who would like to lead their organizations towards digital success.
This doctoral degree is a perfect combination of profound theoretical knowledge, one-on-one guidance from industry experts, and in-depth lab sessions that helps participants develop unique IP.
Graduates of the INSOFE Institute of Technology, Golden Gate University USA Doctorate Program can publish their work in Tier 1 journals and at global conferences.
The DBA will help you make your mark as a future Thought Leader who will digitally transform the organization you work in.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs GGU, USA
Minimum 10 years of work experience and 16 years of education
(with minimum 70% score | medium of
instruction - English)
Fill an Application
Submit a statement of purpose, CV,
And 2 letters of recommendations
Research proposal discussion
Clear an interview
Receive admission to the
DBA in Digital Strategy
Doctorate of Business Administration in Digital Strategy
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The courses on Data Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, and Business Management of the Global DBA are offered online in a synchronous manner (unless specified otherwise) with optimum classroom intervention.
Most DBA programs just have online videos for students to watch and learn from. This is the only DBA to provide over 450 hours of classroom instruction and interaction with experienced industry professionals.
Digital Transformation Promise:
Creating Value from Business
Jobs of Tomorrow :
The Future of Work, Workplace
Doctoral Writing and
Fees & Financing
Year 1: $10,000 USD | Year 2: $6,000 USD
Year 3: $6,000 USD
*$2,000 discount if all 3 years are paid in advance ($20,000 USD)
100% education loan assistance from 13 leading banks
- The only DBA where participants work on real-world problems and find working solutions to their organizational problems.
- A highly balanced coursework in data science, research methods, and business management
- The only DBA where participants work on real-world problems and find working solutions to their organizational problems.
- Present at a global conference and publish your work in reputed journals
- Access to the Golden Gate University digital library
- Acquire specialized expertise from The Ageno School of Business, which has been mentoring working professionals for over a century in the heart of San Francisco.
Thought Leaders’ Demographics
INSOFE Institute of Technology’s DBA currently has over 85 students, making it one of the largest executive doctoral programs in data science. With students from 17 different countries working on different research topics, it is the most diverse and multicultural data science doctoral program that one can be part of.
Applicants who meet the selection criteria of this program will be placed in TuringMinds.ai after completion*
About Golden Gate University
Founded in 1901
WASC & WES Accreditation and Approval
Golden Gate University, a private non-profit university in the heart of San Francisco’s financial and high-tech district, empowers working adults to achieve their professional goals with nationally renowned undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Founded in 1901, GGU has been a leader in online education for nearly three decades, and its programs offer maximum flexibility for modern students. With a primary campus in San Francisco, GGU also has teaching locations in Silicon Valley and Seattle.
*Subject to necessary approvals
What is the DBA program?
The Global Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Digital Strategy is a part time 3-year Doctoral program designed for working professionals.
This online Global DBA 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 specialized areas.
The aim of the program is to train individuals to become VPs, Consultants, CXOs, and stand out as Business Thought Leaders in their niche fields.
Is the DBA Program equivalent to a PhD, if so, can I call myself a Doctorate?
Yes, you can! The Doctorate of Business Administration in Digital Strategy is equivalent to a PhD degree and is also globally recognized such that our future Thought Leaders can add the title of ‘Dr.’ to their names upon successfully graduating from the program.
What is the difference between the DBA and a PhD Program?
The primary goal of the DBA is to advance professional practices, prepare individuals to carry out applied research, and contribute to policy at the workplace or in the broader 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 Ph.D., 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 Program and what are the benefits of pursuing the DBA Program that is jointly offered by INSOFE and Golden Gate University?
The Doctorate of Business Administration in Digital Strategy jointly offered by INSOFE Institute of Technology and Golden Gate University is designed such that our students come up with solutions to real world problems in collaboration with several mentors to build products that can be patented.
The rigorous coursework (in both business and data science), in-depth conversations with mentors, and numerous workshops ensure that our students’ theses are exceedingly innovative and sought after by industry experts.
What are the Accreditations of Golden Gate University?
Golden Gate University, a private non-profit university in San Francisco, is recognized worldwide as one of the Top Business and Law Schools with accreditations from - WASC, ABA, and America Association of Law Schools.
Who is eligible to apply to the Global DBA program?
Applicants with a master's degree and 10 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.
I am not a manager, am I still eligible to apply to the program?
The Global DBA is focused on senior professionals, being a manager is not a prerequisite for the program eligibility.
Is the work experience criteria only applicable to the field of data science?
No, individuals with diverse professional experience from different industries are eligible to apply to the Global DBA program.
Your admission to the program is contingent on clearing the admission criteria of Golden Gate University and INSOFE Institute of Technology.
What is the duration of the Global DBA?
The Global Doctorate of Business Administration in Digital Strategy is a 3-year part-time program.
Thought Leaders of the program are expected to complete all the coursework, publish their ideas, present at a global conference, and defend a thesis.
What is the delivery format available for the Global DBA program?
All the classes for this program are online part-time for 3 years duration. You can continue working while doing your course.
When are the admission deadlines for the program?
Admissions for the Global DBA are accepted three times a year, students can enroll in any one of the cohorts in a year.
What is the Application process for the Global DBA program?
- Pass the INSOFE Entrance Exam with minimum 50% score
- Doctoral students must submit a statement of purpose, recommendation letters, an updated CV, and a research proposal as part of the selection process.
- Clear the Interview round with INSOFE Institute of Technology
A student’s candidature will be assessed by the joint admission committee of INSOFE Institute of Technology and Golden Gate University.
Admission to the Global DBA will be offered only to candidates who satisfy the admission criteria of both Golden Gate University.
What are the documents that are to be submitted during admission?
- ID proof
- Educational certifications (bachelor’s degrees onwards)
- Relevant work experience letters from the organizations
- Research proposal - this is not your dissertation proposal
Can I start my research immediately after enrolling in the program?
No, you need to complete 1 year of coursework and pass the qualifier exam before starting your research.
What is the qualifier exam?
The qualifier exam is a measure of your data science knowledge and is used to assess whether you can build a blueprint of an industry problem through the use of ML principles.
You need to pass the qualifier exam within the first year of enrolment in the program.
What will happen if I cannot pass the qualifier exam?
You will be given 3 attempts to pass the qualifier exam after which you will no longer be eligible to remain in the Global DBA program.
How do I choose my research topic?
Students will attend several workshops on implementation and innovation, conducted in a problem agnostic manner. As part of the workshops students will be asked to identify whether an industry problem is solvable by ML or not.
The problem selected under these workshops will serve as the basis for the Global DBA.
You will receive guidance from the course mentor on how to select appropriate industry problems and receive peer-feedback on the plan and solutions you draft to address the problem.
Apart from receiving guidance from the course mentor, your advisor and thesis committee will also provide feedback on the work developed at INSOFE Institute of Technology.
How do I choose my academic advisor?
Students will be assigned an academic advisor based on their research interest and thesis they plan to develop.
How do I choose my committee?
INSOFE Institute of Technology will assign a thesis committee consisting of Golden Gate University and INSOFE faculty. Students can choose an industry expert to be a part of the committee.
What is the time commitment required to pursue this program?
Individuals enrolled in the Global DBA will be required to spend a minimum of 10 hours a week on classes and assignments.
This is a rigorous doctoral program with full-time online classes.
What is the defence process like for the Global DBA?
Participants must qualify a proposal defense in their 2nd year where their thesis committee will approve their research plan. Following this, participants will work on developing their research thesis and defend the final product at the end of the program.
What is the tuition fee structure of the Global Doctorate in Business Administration?
The complete Global DBA program tuition cost is: $30,000 to be paid as per the fee schedule mentioned in the admission letter.
Is my travel to the USA and accommodation included in the tuition fees?
No, the fee structure does not include travel and accommodation to the USA. Students are responsible for the costs of travel, accommodation, and subsistence.
Will there be any financial assistance provided?
INSOFE Institute of Technology has tie-ups with 13 different leading banks in India. Indian students will be assisted by the program 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.
Where are the classes delivered?
Classes are offered at all INSOFE Institute of Technology locations, India (Hyderabad, and Bangalore) and Golden Gate University.
Will the DBA be awarded by INSOFE or Golden Gate University?
Upon the completion of all the program requirements, the Doctorate of Business Administration in Emerging Technologies will be awarded by Golden Gate University, USA.
All our DBA students will hold a global Doctorate degree!
Will any study materials or reference books be provided?
The lecture notes and study materials to complete the coursework will be provided during the Global DBA course of study.
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 program?
As a Global DBA student, you will have both Golden Gate University & INSOFE Institute of Technology alumni status which can help maintain good networking with experienced faculty, students, and management.