Offered jointly and as a dual degree program by SMC University and Universidad Central de Nicaragua.


The Ph.D. / Doctorate in Business Administration is being offered jointly and as a dual degree program by SMC University and Universidad Central de Nicaragua. The Ph.D. / Doctorate in Business Administration is the most advanced business degree. The DBA is a practical combination of strong academic content, coupled with advanced business strategies and solutions. The DBA is ideal for individuals on a high corporate level who wish to acquire an extensive academic and industry related exposure. Learners are actively involved in academic research, socio-economic ideas, and business interests. This dual degree program is also aimed at university, university college, polytechnics lecturers who seek a thorough foundation for an academic career provided by a Ph.D. degree. UCN Universidad Central de Nicaragua was founded in 1997 as a private Nicaraguan university in Managua, Nicaragua. It was accredited by the CNU Consejo Nacional de Universidades and received the status of a fully autonomous university with unrestricted degree awarding authority by Act of Parliament and by the award of the fully autonomous university status by Decree of the President of Nicaragua.


The program is entirely flexible and thus its duration depends on your progress and on the time and effort you are prepared to dedicate. Students are free to start courses at any time, this is to honor and support the particular agendas of our students who are mainly working professionals in managerial positions. Nevertheless at the beginning of each course, together with your professor, you will construct a schedule for the completion of the course.


Core Stage

  • Research Methodology & Design I
  • Research Methodology & Design II

Specialization Stage

  • Corporate Finance and Governance
  • Managerial Economics
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Performance Management
  • International Marketing Management

Dissertation Stage

  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Defense


  • Master degree from an internationally recognized academic institution
  • Minimum 4 years of work experience in executive or senior management positions
  • Proficiency in English


Due to the flexible structure of the program, enrollment is on an ongoing basis. Supported by the asynchronous method of studying, admitted students may commence their studies at any time in alignment with their personal and professional commitments.

Program taught in:
  • English

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SMCU Tuition per quarter of €990 + Tuition installment 1 €1,750 (upon enrollment) + Tuition installment 2 €1,750 (upon start of validation). Alternatively, One Single Payment of €9,800 + UCN tuition (One single payment of €3,000) for a total tuition
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