Entry requirements

For direct enrollment onto the Executive DBA programme you must have:
  • An MBA, MSc or an MA degree in business or management (or an equivalent professional qualification)
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in a senior role
  • For those whose first language is not English: either evidence that the masters degree was taught mainly or entirely in English or a satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score (see below) or an equivalent English language qualification recognised by Aston University

Additionally, applicants should demonstrate appropriate links to practice to which their proposed research refers. Please direct any queries on eligibility to the Executive DBA Programme Administrator: dba@aston.ac.uk.

English Language Requirements


  • A minimum score of 101


  • An overall minimum score of 7.0 (6.5 reading, 7.0 writing, 6.5 listening, 7.0 speaking)


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