How many students will be present in each module?
The course size will vary from module to module. The typical class size is approx. 20 students. The University of Applied Sciences and Arts places particular emphasis on interactive forms of teaching; work in small groups is therefore an essential part of the study experience.
Do I need to register separately for each module?
No. You register once with the enrolment form available on this website. After checking your application and inviting you for an enrolment interview, our heads of program will make sure that you are registered in time for the modules required for your chosen course.
Which institutions award the degrees (MAS or DBA)?
The MAS International Management degree is awarded by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Business; the Doctor of Business Administration DBA is awarded by Silpakorn University of Bangkok, Thailand.
Am I entitled to the prefix “Dr” after having graduated from the DBA program?
All students completing the Doctor of Business Administration at Silpakorn University are entitled to the “Dr” prefix to their names in Switzerland. All foreign degrees awarded by accredited higher education institutions as part of regular study or research degrees* can be used in their original form with an additional reference to the awarding entity, as regulated in the 2016 whitepaper «Legal protection of titles of Swiss higher education qualifications » (2nd draft), paragraph 2, of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. On 20 May 2019, swissuniversities also published its «Recommendation on the use of foreign doctorates in Switzerland», which reaffirms the regulations of the SBFI.
In other countries, being able to bear the prefix Dr depends on the respective national regulations. In Germany, graduates of a Doctor of Business Administration DBA program are entitled to bear the prefix Dr, based on the decision by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Kultusministerkonferenz). In the US, both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Education characterizes a Doctor of Business Administration DBA as a “research degree” – and thereby as equivalent to a PhD – thus allowing the bearing of the prefix Dr. Also, the British Economic and Social Research Council allows bearing the prefix Dr after having graduated from a Doctor of Business Administration DBA program. We are happy to support you in identifying the specific regulations in your home country; or you can consult the respective educational policies yourself.
* Silpakorn University is an accredited university; and the DBA of Silpakorn University is a regular study and research degree awarded by the university.
Can I complete the course in part-time studies?
Yes. The study programs are specifically designed to allow part-time studies.
How do I pay my fees?
The fees for the MAS International are billed by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Business in accordance with the payment plan outlined on the application form. Tuition payments for the Doctor of Business Administration DBA are billed directly by Silpakorn University.
How much will be deducted off the tuition fees if I have a prior degree for which I can be credited 15 ECTS, that is, if I do not have to complete another foundational module?
The overall tuition fees billed by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts would be reduced by CHF 7´500 to a total of CHF 21´500. If fewer than 15 ECTS are credited, the overall tuition fees would be adjusted pro rata.
When applying to the Doctor of Business Administration DBA, a formal proof of knowledge of the English language needs to be submitted. Is this necessary in every case?
When your Master-program and Master-thesis was verifiably conducted and written in English, you do not need to submit formal proof of your English language skills.
How big is the workload?
One ECTS corresponds with approximately 25 hours of work, including class attendance, preparation and follow-up work, assignments and working on your thesis. For the MAS International Management (60 ECTS), you will therefore spend approx. 1,800 working hours, over a period of 1.5 to 2 years. For the entire Doctor of Business Administration DBA (including the MAS International Management or including the "Proposal" learning route), you will have to expect a total of approx. 3,600 working hours (60 ECTS awarded by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the equivalent of 60 ECTS - 30 American Credits - awarded by Silpakorn University), over a period of 3 - 5 years.
Thus, the work load required to complete the MAS International Management or Doctor of Business Administration DBA is significant. After all, these are executive education training courses at MAS and DBA levels. Given the workload, deciding to pursue these degrees must therefore be well balanced with the professional and private commitments you have during the study period. Also, it must be taken into account that this workload will be with you over a longer period of time. However, it also must be taken into account that the structuring of the program is geared towards compatibility with your professional and private life. On the one hand, the respective learning paths usually involve intensive attendance phases that can be planned well in advance. On the other hand, the individual work on the thesis/dissertation offers a great deal of individual flexibility.
For a final assessment of the compatibility of pursuing these degrees with your personal situation, we recommend that you have a conversation with the program head.