MAS INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
Please note:The following information only applies if you are pursuing the MAS International Management exclusively and not planning to transition to the Doctor of Business Administration DBA. Should you intend to complete the MAS International Management as well as the Doctor of Business Administration DBA, please see the information in the next section of this page under the heading «Doctor of Business Administration DBA».
Every student receives individual support and supervision by a faculty member of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, assisted by a co-advisor (another faculty member of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts or – ideally – a representative from the student’s organization, such as an internal sponsor).
The specific nature and scope of the supervision will be coordinated by the students and their supervisors and co-advisors. This places the responsibility for an effective and productive supervision process in the shared responsibility of the supervisor and the student.
Approx. eight weeks before the planned start of your work on the thesis, you are expected to hand in a two to three-page project proposal to the course administration. The proposal should include (1) the (provisional) object of the thesis, (2) the (provisional) research questions, (3) first ideas about applicable theories and concepts, (4) the research approach, and (5) the timeframe for the dissertation project. Depending on the thrust of your research, the heads of program will select a suitable dissertation supervisor with you.
Start of the Supervision process
A first personal supervision meeting is held with a suitable choice of supervisor to discuss your project proposal. The planned work on the Master’s thesis and all other relevant deadlines are discussed and arranged by you and the assigned supervisor in this meeting; there is an additional supervision meeting before the submission of the finished dissertation.
The finale Master’s dissertation must be completed and handed in latest six months after the first supervision meeting. After the work has been submitted, the supervisor and co-advisor have four weeks to review and evaluate the dissertation. The final oral exam is therefore scheduled to take place four weeks at the earliest after the submission of the dissertation.
For the final oral exam, you are expected to defend the submitted dissertation in front of the assigned supervisor and, optionally, in the presence of the co-advisor. The proceedings start with a 20-minute presentation by the examinee, followed by a discussion led by the supervisor. The entire process lasts max. one hour; the supervisor then evaluates your performance in the exam and the Master’s thesis.
DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DBA
Every student will receive individual support and supervision throughout the process by the doctoral supervisor at Silpakorn University, supported by a co-advisor from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
The doctoral supervisor is chosen from the teaching staff of Silpakorn University. He or she accompanies and advises the student through the entire doctorate course on all aspects of the DBA thesis, reviews the assigned student’s work, and is available for feedback along the way.
The co-advisor is a faculty member of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and acts as the interface with the University. He or she should also be an expert in the field of research chosen for the DBA thesis and provides additional support and advice for the student. He or she is not, however, the lead supervisor or assessor for the doctorate (the lead remains with Silpakorn University). The choice of co-advisor must be approved by Silpakorn University.
The specific nature and scope of the supervision will be coordinated by the students and their doctoral supervisors and co-advisors. This means that the responsibility for an effective and productive supervision process also lies with the students themselves (in addition to the doctoral supervisors’ and co-advisors’ responsibilities mentioned above).
All students intending to pursue the Doctor of Business Administration DBA are required to present a research prospectus latest two weeks before taking up their studies (typically before attending the core Module 2). This three to five-page research prospectus includes the following (in English): Statement of the research problem, research objectives, field and area of management, expected contributions.
Based on the research prospectus, the heads of program check the fit of the chosen topics with the planned doctorate with Silpakorn University. For this purpose, the research prospectus is reviewed by at least three members of the DBA committee of Silpakorn University within six weeks from its submission. The feedback of the DBA committee includes any required adjustments and redactions. The student submitting the prospectus is then given two months to revise his or her research prospectus and resubmitted it for a further review. In total, two resubmissions are allowed. If the DBA committee does not approve the prospectus after a second submission, the student is barred from pursuing the DBA any further.
With their DBA proposal, the students describe their research intentions or DBA thesis in detail, working off from their preparatory research efforts. The work on the DBA proposal typically starts after attending the Joint Study Weeks Bangkok (Focus Module 3) in consultation with the chosen doctoral supervisor and co-advisor. The DBA proposal must be written in English.
The DBA proposal includes: (1) Statement of the problem, purpose of the research, significance of the research; (2) results from a literature survey; (3) the proposed research approach and methods; (4) references. The specific contents and the exact process of preparing the DBA proposal will be discussed in the Joint Study Weeks in Bangkok.
After handing in their final DBA proposal, the work is reviewed in terms of its quality, relevance, and feasibility by the Proposal Examination Committee of Silpakorn University and defended – in person or by video conference call – by the submitting students in front of that committee. At the end of the defence, the Proposal Examination Committee informs the students about their decision.
A rejected DBA proposal can be resubmitted. Should the Proposal Examination Committee decide to reject a resubmitted DBA proposal, the student in question is sent down from Silpakorn University.
The Proposal Examination Committee includes five or more members: the chairperson, the doctorate supervisor, the co-advisor, a further Silpakorn expert, and an external assessor. The chair, internal expert, and external assessor are nominated by Silpakorn University.
The DBA Proposal can be entered as soon as all course modules (Modules 1 to 3) are completed.
The Qualifying Examination represents the first of a total of three exams to be passed on the way towards achieving the DBA degree. The students are expected to enter the Qualifying Examination after handing in their DBA proposal.
For the Qualifying Examination, the students have to answer questions about their field of study and DBA proposal. The Qualifying Examination is managed by Silpakorn University and its questions chosen by the University’s DBA committee. The examinees are expected to return their answers to the committee within 15 days from receiving the questions.
The Qualifying Examination allows the DBA committee to ascertain that the students are sufficiently qualified for their academic work on the DBA thesis.
With their DBA thesis, the aspiring Doctors of Business Administration show that they are capable of pursuing a practice-oriented research objective at an advanced academic level. You will be informed about and trained in the specific standards over the course of your studies.
The minimum size of the DBA thesis is 40`000 words. There is no official upper limit, but the DBA thesis is expected to show its quality in its specific focus on its chosen subject and not expand unnecessarily on the matter.
The DBA thesis must be produced in English.
The DBA thesis is usually entered two or three years after initial enrolment in the Doctor of Business Administration DBA. It is the doctorate student’s responsibility to ensure that the thesis is handed in latest four weeks before the scheduled date of its defence.
The Thesis Examination Committee conducting the viva voce defence of the thesis is staffed like the Proposal Examination Committee, with the external supervisor taking over the chair. The procedure can be conducted either in person or via video conference call.
Before the title as Doctor of Business Administration DBA is awarded, the student has to publish his or her results in a peer reviewed journal. Silpakorn University supports the doctorate students in this process.