DBA in Management and Technology

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

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From November 1, 2022
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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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“For Senior professionals with intelectual curiosity and drive to make a difference"

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 3-year long executive doctoral program that combines advanced coursework, offered in an executive-friendly format during the first half of the program, together with research and innovation during the second half. Graduates from this program will earn, after successfully defending their dissertation, the Comillas Pontifical University degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).


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International Collaboration

International Collaboration

Technology knows no boundaries and neither does our program. Comillas is proud to be an Associate Academic Member of the Executive DBA Council (EDBAC). The Council was founded in 2011 with a mission to foster excellence and innovation in executive doctoral degree programs worldwide. Our international dimension is further enhanced by our collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management and UC Berkeley.

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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 first cohort of DBA students has this to say about the program.
See video testimonials here

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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The average working experience of candidates is over 25 years.

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Our students come from diverse backgrounds:
Financial 32%
Energy 19%
Consulting 13%
NGOs 10%
Food & Beverage 7%
Industrial 6%
telecommunication 3%
Others 10%

Alberto Ares

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 (CV)
Ph.D. in Finance, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
DBA Co-Director

Alberto Ares

DBA in Management and Technology

"Our students enjoy both the innovative curriculum, that combines management and technology courses, and the networking opportunity of sharing their classes with other top executives from different industries."

Javier Morales Mediano (CV)
Ph.D. in Management, University of West London
DBA Co-Director

All you need to know


Admissions Process



STEP 1: Complete the Online Application Form.
Important: Please read the Admissions application instructions Admissions application instructions carefully before completing it.

STEP 2: Submit a signed copy of your application to

STEP 3: After submitting your application(or at the same time) you will need to submit to the following documents:
1. A copy of your national ID or Passport
2. An original or certified copy of your official university degree or a secure verification code
3. Recently updated curriculum vitae (in any format)
4. A motivation letter
The length of the motivation letter should be around 250 words and should explicitly mention your research goals and how they relate to your professional experience.

STEP 4: Official Interview.
Applicants who meet the requirements will be shortlisted for an interview with the DBA Directors. This is a mandatory requirement for your admission

STEP 5: 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


Open from November 1, 2022 to September 15, 2023.

Information Sessions and Open Days:
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Classes startin September 2023.


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
• Master´s Degree or equivalent, other profiles with fewer years could be assessed upon consideration.
• 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 Fees, Payments, Grants and Scholarships


First year: €20.000.
Second year: €20.000.
Third year: €12.000
Fourth year (if necessary): €9.000

10% discount for Alumni and CFA/CGRE members.

The international residency travel expenses are excluded.


Contact Information


Contact Information:
Alberto Aguilera, 23 - 28015 Madrid
Tel.: +34 91 542 28 00

DBA Co-Director
Carlos Bellón

DBA Co-Director
Javier Morales Mediano


Apply for Admission


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

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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

Advanced training courses will be held in two different formats: residency periods (from Thursday to Saturday comprising 5 sessions), where in-person attendance is mandatory, and 2-session weekend courses (Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings) that will be streamed live and can be attended either in-person or online.

Year 1

  • 3 residencies: September, February and June
  • 7 weekends for advanced courses
  • 3 weekends for topics courses

Year 2

Research proposal presentation Advanced program in Management and Technology

  • 2 residencies: September and June
  • 3 weekends for advanced courses
  • 3 weekends for topics courses

Year 3

DBA Thesis defense

  • 1 residency: September
  • 3 weekends for topics courses


Introduction to the academic literature review and the different methods that could be used in the research process. Identification of a topic and development of the research question.

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.

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. Understand the connection between people, processes and technology.

Understanding the opportunities, both to transform existing industries and to create new business models, offered by new technologies such as Blockchain, Cloud computing, AI, IoT, etc.

The anthropological, philosophical and ethical issues that affect innovation, scientific and economic development.

New framework for making legal decisions in a business environment that is being substantially modified by the digital transformation revolution.

DISRUPTIVE BUSINESS MODELS (International residency, 4 days)
Innovative business models brought about by technology. Taught in collaboration with MIT Sloan and UC Berkeley.

TOPIC COURSES (2 sessions each)
Additionally, three tailor-made courses on current issues of interest to our candidates will be offered in weekend format every year. Candidates must attend at least six of these over the course of the program. These courses are always open to DBA Alumni.