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University course and university degree in accordance with Art. 59 General Law of Education at Azteca University

STUDY PLAN

Executive Management

Module 1: Block course to prepare for exams in the recommended electives of the course.

Module 2: Scientific work, statistics, research methods, research project

Module 3: Presentation and discussion of the proposals for dissertations (diploma theses) – scientific colloquia

Module 4: Final examination – presentation and defense of the thesis / diploma thesis

Number of participants: 5 – 15 per year for doctoral studies

The entire course can be completed online as a distance learning program. The classes of the years are carried out asynchronously, so that entry is possible all year round.

Admission: 240 ECTS credits from preliminary studies, bachelor’s studies, diploma studies, courses of a university nature, university courses, technical college courses, university courses, comparable vocational training and further education (national qualification levels). Additional ECTS points can be credited.

Scope: The DBA course at the Universidad Azteca includes the compulsory subjects amounting to 60 ECTS. For the successful completion of the course, a further 60 ECTS have to be completed in the form of courses with an examination character and a dissertation (60 ECTS) has to be written.

Type: University course and award of the degree under Article 59 of the General Law of Education of Mexico.

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Modality: Distance learning with face-to-face events and exams (graduation with a total of 180 ECTS). Face-to-face events in Austria in a blended learning modality.

Scientific director: Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Gerhard Berchtold, HR Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedrich Luhan, Prof. Mag. Dr. Franz C. Pichler, Prof. Dr. Felipe Fernández Rivadulla.

In the modality of “blended learning” with face-to-face events, courses with exam character are held at the Innsbruck and Wels locations.

Entry requirements:

Masters degree or equivalent degree and admission evaluation (240 ECTS credits)

Programme features:

Short Executive DBA programme: 60 ECTS in coursework plus 60 ECTS for DBA Thesis

  • Executive DBA: 60 ECTS in coursework
  • Research Thesis for DBA: 60 ECTS for DBA Thesis

Regular taught DBA duration programme:

  • 120 ECTS in coursework plus 60 ECTS for DBA Thesis
  • Taught DBA: 120 ECTS in coursework
  • Research Thesis for DBA: 60 ECTS for DBA Thesis

Degree options:

Universidad Azteca MBA and DBA (Executive MBA & DBA) Título propio (Own title)

Programmatic Accreditation by Quality Assurance Commission UK, a UK HESA registered Accreditation Body.

Dual degree programmes:

MBA & DBA: Universidad Azteca MBA (Executive MBA) plus UCN Universidad Central de Nicaragua DBA, or
Dual DBA: Universidad Azteca DBA (Executive DBA) plus UCN Universidad Central de Nicaragua DBA

Programme modality:

Online DBA programme.

The Executive DBA curriculum consists of 120 ECTS credits of postgraduate study, offered as modular fashion. DBA-candidates in the short programme complete 10 required modules/courses (60 ECTS credits), plus a final Thesis/Dissertation (60 ECTS credits) focused on a specific field or industry of management.

The DBA curriculum consists of 180 ECTS credits of postgraduate study, offered as modular fashion. DBA-candidates in the short programme complete 20 required modules/courses (120 ECTS credits), plus a final Thesis/Dissertation (60 ECTS credits) focused on a specific field or industry of management.

Level:

Postgraduate

Objectives of the Programme

The modular Master and Doctor of Business Administration programme in Executive Management has as a general aim of provision of an academically rigorous education designed to develop skills, expertise, knowledge and vision to enable students, whatever their chosen route, to be critical, analytical and creative. The programme aims to provide opportunity for self-development in relation to career enhancement and as life-long learners.

The programme offers students the opportunity to develop their own capabilities, skills and competencies within a supported environment. The philosophy of the programme can be summarized by the following objectives.

Develop a critical approach to the use of contemporary sources as a means of exploring complex concepts, ideas and issues of relevance and value to the chosen area of study.

Develop the power of critical enquiry, logical thought, creative imagination and independent judgment.

Provide a forum of study that allows each student to build on his or her past academic and vocational experience in a relevant and meaningful fashion.

Expose the student to a range of prospective, which may be applicable to both the interests and work situations as appropriate.

Recognize the variety of sources of learning and an appropriate diversity of means for assessing achievement.

This programme intends to allow the individual student to develop their potential through a carefully selected curriculum of study, which includes elements of a variety of methods of study orientated around both the academic and vocational axis.

The primary objectives of the DBA programme are to:

  • Enable the student to achieve an appropriate level of academic competence
  • Achieve personal development and to develop critical awareness of benefit to themselves and to their organization
  • Develop skills of initiation, implementation and analysis in a range of contexts.
  • Develop capability in the analysis and evaluation of complex issues and situations

The specific objectives of the program will vary according to the chosen named award and will include the:

  • Development of knowledge at an advanced level
  • Development of skills of analysis, research and policy formulation and implementation
  • Unification of theoretical analysis and practice through a variety of contexts appropriate to business administration
  • Issues of organization management and the management of people.

Dual Degree Programme

DBA Doctor of Business Administration programme

Doctor en Administración de Empresas (Dr.)

Dual Degree programme of Universidad Azteca & UCN Universidad Central de Nicaragua

The entry requirements are a graduate degree of at least 240 ECTS credits in total, an MBA, MSc, or similar Masters degree, or equivalent qualifications in general management, or in a functional field by examination awarded by a professional body. We may also ask for significant experience in a managerial or professional supervisory position involving responsibility for strategic issues.

DBA candidates may specialize in areas such as management science, technology management, organizational behavior, economics, or finance or other practical fields.

Both, the DBA and PhD in Business Administration are terminal degrees. The degree of Doctor of Business Administration, abbreviated DBA and equivalent to a PhD in Business Administration, is a research doctorate in business administration. The DBA requires coursework and research beyond the Masters degree requiring a dissertation or journal publication that contributes to business practice. The portion of the programme, consisting of coursework and examination, is equivalent to that of a PhD. The part of the programme, consisting of independent research and the writing of a thesis, is geared towards more applied research in DBA programmes, with the research making a direct contribution to business practice. The DBA requires a significant thesis, dissertation or final comprehensive project including a formal defence and approval by nominated examiners or an officially sanctioned and qualified doctoral review committee. The PhD aims at the creation of new theory, while DBA aims at applying theory to business problems; thereby, the DBA programme has two purposes: (1) to contribute to both theory and practice in relation to business and management; and (2) to develop professional practice and to contribute to professional knowledge. The degree is
conferred when all coursework, testing, and written research are completed and reviewed and approved by the jurors of the examination commission.

DBA Doctor of Business Administration programme / Doctorado en Administración de Empresas (Dr.)

Dual Degree programme structure:

Period of coursework: 120 ECTS credits (2 study years) – degree awarded by Universidad Azteca: MBA Master of Business Administration (intermediate degree) – transfer of credits from the MBA programme to the DBA programme is possible in the extent of 120 ECTS credits.

Doctoral Thesis: 60 ECTS credits (1 study year) – degree awarded by UCN: DBA Doctor of Business Administration / Doctor en Administración de Empresas.

Official study time for the short Executive DBA programme is two years (120 ECTS), and three years (180 ECTS) for the regular DBA programme.

Tuitions

Tuitions vary by the duration of programme (short or regular) and the single or dual degree options. For applicable tuitions, please, see the tuitions sheet of the DBA programmes of Universidad Azteca European Programmes.

Tuitions are due in full with enrolment for the complete programme.

Refund policy

Tuitions are due in full with enrolment. Once the programme has started (tuitions collected) no tuitions will be repaid. Students, who do not pay tuitions after admission are not enrolled.

Degree Regulations

The applicable degree regulations for DBA and dual degree programmes of Universidad Azteca apply.

Duration and workload of a course

Successful completion of a course with a workload of 6 ECTS credits is estimated to be approximately 150 hours. Students should allocate approximately eight hours a week for reading, personal study, completion of reflection activities and submission of assignments. There is one marked assignment per module. Courses are offered on a part-time basis and are designed to be completed within four months. The asynchronic e-learning mode of the programme allows students to proceed at their own pace. Official study time for the short Executive DBA programme is two years (120 ECTS), and three years (180 ECTS) for the regular DBA programme.

Study language

The programme is conducted in English. English proficiency is required for the DBA programme.

Student Support

The programme is administered and provided by Universidad Azteca on behalf of both universities. Students are eligible for Universidad Azteca International Programmes student support regarding tutoring and assistance in the programme.

Programme Structure and Module Syllaba

Mandatory core courses (60 ECTS)

  • DBAen1105 – Macroeconomics
  • DBAen1110 – Business Administration
  • DBAen1115 – Microeconomics
  • DBAen1125 – Organisation Management
  • DBAen1210 – Marketing
  • DBAen1215 – Corporate Finance
  • DBAen1220 – Human Resource Management
  • DBAen1230 – Innovation & Management
  • DBAen1240 – Management Techniques
  • DBAen1250 – Corporate Governance and International Business

Elective courses (42 ECTS)

  • DBAen1315 – Human Resource Management 2
  • DBAen1320 – Strategic Management
  • DBAen1325 – Project Management
  • DBAen1335 – Change Management
  • DBAen1340 – Commercial Awareness & CRM
  • DBAen1350 – Leadership
  • DBAen1415 – Globalization
  • DBAen1420 – Coaching
  • DBAen1425 – Conflict Management
  • DBAen1428 – Business Law
  • DBAen1430 – Strategic Marketing
  • DBAen1433 – Communication Skills
  • DBAen1445 – Risk Management
  • DBAen1450 – Corporate Social Responsibility

Thesis project

Elective courses (12 ECTS)
  • DBAen1480 – Business Research Methods
  • DBAen1490 – Thesis Presentation & Defence
  • DBAen1510 – Thesis Seminar 1
  • DBAen1520 – Thesis Seminar 2
  • DBAen1530 – Publication
Mandatory Thesis project (66 ECTS)
  • DBAen1650 – Thesis Project
  • DBAen1655 – Defence & Examination
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