DBA in Management and Technology

The DBA in Management and Technology is an executive doctoral program for senior professionals with intellectual curiosity who want to make a difference.

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3-year program

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Doctor of Business Administration, degree awarded by the Comillas Pontifical University.

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"In close collaboration with Comillas ICADE and Comillas ICAI."

DBA in Management and Technology

The DBA in Management and Technology is an executive doctoral program for professionals with extensive experience. The program is designed for those who want to make a difference in their organizations and broader communities by harnessing the potential of disruptive technologies.

Our aim is to develop a new kind of “scholarly practitioner” who can apply cutting-edge research to current managerial problems that require a high level of understanding of new technologies and their potential.

In addition, this executive doctoral degree will provide high calibre professionals with outstanding networking opportunities and a chance to take part in a community of learning and innovation that contributes to the development of industrial best practices, to shaping welfare-enhancing public policy and to channeling technological disruption into a force for good in society.

The program is taught in collaboration between Comillas ICADE (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and Faculty of Law) and Comillas ICAI (School of Engineering). This strategic alliance, together with the humanistic tradition of the Comillas Pontifical University, is key to comprehensively addressing challenges and new business opportunities offered by technology.

The DBA is a three-year program, combining short courses during the first one-and-a-half years, with innovation and research in the second half, leading to the successful defense of a dissertation. Graduates obtain the Comillas Pontifical University degree of Doctor of Business Administration .

Our students say the following

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Collaboration with MIT Sloan

MIT Sloan School of Management and Universidad Pontificia Comillas have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to collaborate in the area of graduate education. Our DBA in Management and Technology students will take a course at MIT Sloan on the topic of Disruptive Business Models. We are convinced that this type of activity will herald the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between our institutions.

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Our students say the following

The first cohort of DBA students has this to say about the program.

What makes us different

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Most of the students in the first cohort are C-Level executives in their organizations, and 55% are CEOs or Partners in their firms.

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44% of students have more than 25 years of work experience.

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Our students come from diverse backgrounds:
Financial: 38%
Food & Beverage: 6%
Energy: 13%
Consulting: 19%
NGOs: 13%
Industrial: 6%
Telecom: 6%

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DBA in Management and Technology

"Our DBA prepares candidates for the complex analysis and decision-making required of leaders facing the disruption and opportunity brought about by new technologies"

Carlos Bellón Núñez-Mera
Ph.D. in Finance, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
DBA Director

All you need to know


Admissions Process



STEP 1: Complete the Online Application Form. You will be asked to register

Important: Please read the Admissions application instructions carefully before completing it.
STEP 2: After submitting your application, you will need to submit to the following documents:
1. A signed copy of the registration form
2. A copy of your national ID or Passport
3. An original or certified copy of your official university degree
4. Recently updated curriculum vitae

STEP 3:Official Interview.
Applicants who meet the requirements will be shortlisted for an interview with the DBA Director. This is a mandatory requirement for your admission

STEP 4: Admissions Committee.
Once you have completed the application form and passed the personal interview, your application together with a report from your interviewer, is reviewed by the program´s Admissions Committee. You will be informed of the decision in writing. If accepted, you will receive one of two admission statuses:
- Conditional admission: in the event that you have failed to comply with any of the Program access requirements.
- Definitive Admission: full admission.


Important Dates


Admission to the program will be determined on a rolling basis, between February 2020 and July, 30th 2020. If there are still free places at the end of the ordinary registration process, deadline would be extended to 7 sept 2020.

Course starts: September, 11th 2020


Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation



The DBA in Management and Technology is aimed at candidates with the following profiles:

• 20 years of professional experience including some years of top managerial responsabilities,or
• 15 years of professional experience including some years of top managerial responsabilities and a Master's degree program in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanism or Engineering, or
• 15 years of professional experience including some years of top managerial responsabilities and an accredited certification in the candidate´s area of expertise (e.g CFA credential),
• and Professional English Mastery
• Other profiles could be assessed upon consideration of their career and professional life impact.

Additional requirements
English level: B2 minimum and C1 highly recommended.

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Information on Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships


10% discount on the first two years tuition for alumni, CFA and CGRE members


Contact Information


Contact Information
Alberto Aguilera, 23 - 28015 Madrid
Tel.: 91 542 2800
Pilar Drake email:

DBA Director
Carlos Bellón email:


To Apply for Admission


Admission is competitive. The following aspects will be assessed:
• Candidate's professional career impact
• Management roles
• Candidates’ diversity

Application for admission

Who are you going to study with and what are you going to learn

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Academic Planning

The DBA is structured in two phases:

During the first one and a half years, participants take part in advanced training courses and define their research questions. At the end of this phase, and after a successful evaluation of a research proposal, participants obtain the Advanced Program in Management and Technology degree.

During the second year, and specially the third, participants conduct their research and write the DBA thesis that they must defend at the end of the third year.

Throghout the entire program, and as a lifelong learning proposal for alumni, the University will offer specialized training pills about issues relevant to management and technology

Year 1

  • Advanced training courses (12 weekends + 1 intensive course)

Year 2

  • Advanced training courses (4 weekends + 1 optional intensive course)
  • Research Proposal
  • Collaborative working sessions (2 weekends)

Year 3

  • Collaborative working sessions (3 weekends)
  • Research
  • Thesis defense

Advanced Training Courses

Business Research Methods (1 weekend)
Specific skills related to the research process. Identification of a research topic, planning skills, quality criteria in research.

Analytics for Strategic Thinking (5 weekends)
Data analysis tools and interpretation of results oriented to the decision making process. Familiarity with the fields of application of the different techniques of Machine Learning.

Management and Innovation (2 weekends)
Understand the role of innovation and change within an organization and how it creates value. Identify innovation opportunities. Develop tools to promote and manage innovation process. Understand the connection between people, processes and technology.

Business Technologies (4 weekends)
Understanding the opportunities. New business examples based on Blockchain, Cloud Computing, AI, IoT, etc. Get to know the different opportunities offered by each technology, both to transform existing businesses and to create new business models.

Disruptive Business Models (Intensive classes, 3-4 days)
Innovative business models brought about by technology. Taught in collaboration with MIT Sloan and UC Berkeley.

Philosophy and Humanism (2 weekends)
The anthropological, philosophical and ethical issues that affect innovation, scientific and economic development.

Ethical and Legal Framework (2 weekends)
New framework for making legal decisions in a business environment that is being substantially modified by the digital transformation revolution.

Training Pills (1 weekend each)
Tailor-made sessions to solve specific identified learning gaps.

Other training opportunities organized by the University which, due to their content and relevance, are considered appropriate for the target audience of this program.

Collaborative working sessions
Keep the network together throughout research. Encourage collaboration among candidates with different profiles and skills. Set intermediate objectives in the research and innovation results.


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