Designed for those who have extensive managerial experience at middle to senior level management, DSM for Professionals is a program for you who want to be part of a new generation of scholarly practitioners with strong characteristics in problem solving, as well as to have a creative and innovative mindset to conduct independent research on the latest management issues.

In the program, you will be encouraged to express and formulate your “tacit knowledge” in a scholarly way and contribute to theory development based on contextual issues by conducting case study research or conduct experiments in the real world for knowledge restructuring/reconstruct using “action research concept” and also make a practical contribution to the industry.

This program is flexible and interdisciplinary, applying social science theory and research methods to management problems. It offers specializations in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, Business Risk and Finance, Business Strategy and Marketing, Operation and Performance Management, Decision Making and Strategic Negotiation, and People and Knowledge Management.

This program is flexible and interdisciplinary, applying social science theory and research methods to management problems. It offers specializations in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, Business Risk and Finance, Business Strategy and Marketing, Operation and Performance Management, Decision Making and Strategic Negotiation, and People and Knowledge Management.

Commencement Date:
Every August
Minimum Qualifications:
Master degree with research component
Total Credits:
6 semesters
44 credits
Length of study:
3-year program (Full-time)Class schedule:
Delivered in mix-modular method (weekend every other week)
Saturday (5 sessions) & Sunday  (5 sessions)
In between 08.00—17.00
International conference presentation
Nationally accredited/indexed-international journal
Scopus-indexed international journal

Course Structure

Year 1: The Qualification

Develop a basic understanding of the philosophy of management science, literature review, problem statement, research contribution, hypotheses, research methodologies, scientific paper writing, and research proposal.

Semester 1

Required courses:
Philosophy of Science in Management (2 credits)
Theory and Model Development (2 credits)
Behavioral Science (3 credits)
Preparation Examination (3 credits)

Semester 2

Required courses:
Quantitative Research Method (2 credits)
Qualitative Research Method (2 credits)
Research Proposal (3 credits)
Elective 1 (2 credits)

Year 2: The Research

Collect and analyze data, write, present and publish the research.

Semester 3

Required courses:
Progress Seminar 1 (5 credits)

Semester 4

Required courses:
Progress Seminar 2 (5 credits)
Elective 2 (2 credits)

Year 3: The Promotion

Collect and analyze data, write, present and publish the research.

Semester 5

Required courses:
Progress Seminar 3 (5 credits)

Semester 6

Required courses:
Progress Seminar 4 (5 credits)
Dissertation Examination (3 credits)

Elective Courses

Students at DSM program will select one of six concentrations from these research areas: People and Knowledge Management, Operations and Performance Management, Business Strategy and Marketing, Business Risk and Finance, Entrepreneurship Study & Technology Management, and Decision Making & Strategic Negotiation.

In addition, various elective courses are available in the respective research areas. These courses are tailored to broaden the students’ knowledge base as well as the opportunity for further research. The list of elective courses is as follows:

Business Risk and Finance
  1. Advanced Financial Mathematics (3 credits)
  2. Advanced Financial Planning (3 credits)
  3. Business Strategy Analysis (3 credits)
  4. Behavioral Finance (3 credits)
  5. Computational Finance (3 credits)
  6. Derivative (3 credits)
  7. Financial Modelling (3 credits)
  8. Financial Risk Management (3 credits)
  9. Insurance (3 credits)
  10. Islamic Financial Systems (3 credits)
Business Strategy and Marketing
  1. Branding Science (3 credits)
  2. Consumer Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  3. Service Marketing Strategies (3 credits)
  4. Service Science (3 credits)
  5. Market Research (3 credits)
Decision Making and Strategic Negotiation
  1. Advanced Statistics (3 credits)
  2. Agent Based Modeling and Simulation (3 credits)
  3. Conflict and Resolution Analysis (3 credits)
  4. Creative Problem Solving (3 credits)
  5. System Modeling For Policy Development (3 credits)
  6. Advanced Topics in Management (3 credits)
Entrepreneurship Study and Technology Management
  1. Corporate Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  2. Entrepreneurship Studies (3 credits)
  3. Family Business (3 credits)
  4. Management of Innovations (3 credits)
  5. Small Business and Development (3 credits)
  6. Technology Commercialization (3 credits)
Operations and Performance Management
  1. Advanced Operations Strategies (3 credits)
  2. Procurement and Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
  3. Product Development Management (3 credits)
  4. Performance Management (3 credits)
People and Knowledge Management
  1. Competence Based People Management (3 credits)
  2. Conflict and Change Management (3 credits)
  3. Knowledge Management and Learning Organizations (3 credits)
  4. Leadership Theory (3 credits)
  5. Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  6. Social Science in Management Studies (3 credits)

Alumni Stories

I execute business directions based on research results and use all parameters and literature review from research as the main reference for company decision-making. Highlighting the action research as the strength of DSM program, the method helps me combine theory with the real practice. So, we can execute the professional working framework based on the academic theory. In academic area, I look forward to sharing my knowledge through various seminars and lectures in universities.

DSM - Academician - Dina
G.N. Sandhy Widyasthana
Portfolio Director, Metra Digital Innovation

How to Apply

  1. Meet the admission requirements
  2. Check costs and scholarships
  3. Explore research interests
  4. Write a research proposal
  5. Find a potential supervisor (promotor) with the same interests [go to “Find a Supervisor”]
  6. Contact the potential supervisor (promotor) to ensure suitability and availability
  7. Submit the required documents

Admission Qualifications

  1. A Master degree from private/state universities in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.25/4.00
  2. Have extensive experience or is a decision maker in the industry
  3. Must have had contacted and corresponding with the potential supervisor and have approval from them to be supervised
  4. Academic Potential Test (TPA) from OTO Bappenas or a GRE/GMAT certificate with a minimum score of 550
  5. English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) ITB with a minimum score of 113 or ITP-TOEFL from with a minimum score of 550 (pBT) / 213 (cBT) / 79 (iBT) or IELTS 6.5
  6. Passing the interview with the proposed supervisor and Director of DSM Program

Admission Procedure

  1. Register online at: Complete and upload the application documents required for ITB Doctoral Program
  2. Submit the hard copies of the following documents:
    1. Printed online registration form
    2. Original certified and legalized copies of undergraduate and master academic certificate (1 copy)
    3. Original certified and legalized copies of undergraduate and master academic transcript (1 copy)
    4. Original TOEFL/IELTS certificate (if any) as a substitute of ELPT result held by UPT Bahasa ITB*
    5. Original TPA Bappenas result*
    6. Recent color photographs sized 4X6 cm (1 sheet)
    7. A copy of receipt of admission fee payment
  3. Submit to:
    Admission for DSM Program
    TK Low Center for Executive Education – SBM ITB
    Graha Irama Lantai 12
    Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 1-2, Jakarta, 12950
    +6221 5296868
    or you can attach all the documents and send them through email: [email protected] with subject: Register Admission Test DSM ITB
  4. Once these documents are completed, your enrollment application will be reviewed by our Admission officers for completeness. As soon as the review is completed, we will contact you through email with further instructions.

*SBM ITB is regularly hosting the TPA and ELPT test. Schedule can be found in the Admission Deadline.

Admission Deadline for August 2018 Intake

Online registration period Deadline of document submission to SBM ITB Admission Office
(before 12.00 pm)
ELPT Selection Date TPA Selection Date
Round 1 4 February—24 March 2018 19 March 2018 24 March 2018 24 March 2018
Round 2 8 April—26 May 2018 16 April 2018

21 May 2018

21 April 2018

26 May 2018

21 April 2018

26 May 2018

Round 3 3 June—9 July 2018 Open if seats are still available

Only those who do not hold TPA and ELPT/TOEFL/IELTS score should undertake the written test organized by Admission Office SBM ITB on the schedule as described above.

Admission Fee

Candidates should be aware that there are some costs applied in the admission.

Registration fee: IDR 600,000
Pay via transfer to:
Bank: BNI
Account Number: 988 00211 97000202
Beneficiary: Pendaftaran Program Doktor ITB

Pay only if you wish to join the test arranged by SBM ITB Admission office:
ELPT Fee held by SBM ITB Bandung Campus: IDR 75,000

TPA Bappenas Fee held by SBM ITB Bandung Campus: IDR 325,000
Pay via bank transfer to:
Bank BNI Cabang ITB
Account Number: 0900001046
Beneficiary: Penampungan BPP SBM ITB

Costs and Scholarships


Semester 1 IDR 41,000,000
Semester 2 IDR 41,000,000
Semester 3 IDR 41,000,000
Semester 4 IDR 41,000,000
Semester 5 IDR 41,000,000
Semester 6 IDR 41,000,000
Total IDR 246,000,000


  1. Student who have passed the limit of normal study period (6 semesters) will be charged IDR 35,000,000/extra semester
  2. Confirmation fee and all the tuition fees cannot be refunded in all conditions, including when students fail to register or finish the program
  3. SBM ITB reserves the right to adjust the above information


  1. The scholarship includes course tuition fees (IDR 150 million in total) and monthly living allowance (IDR 2.5 million in 2018)
  2. The scholarship is awarded for three years or 6 semesters
  3. Working space is provided in Bandung campus to support the research

The scholarship is excluded costs of dissertation writing, international conferences and publication.


  1. Applicants are required to have successfully completed all the DSM admission requirements.
  2. Candidates must hold approval from proposed promotor. Please follow the steps to contact/correspond with the targeted promotor stated in this document

Awardee obligations

  1. Candidates should work full-time (7.30 am until 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday)
  2. Candidates are required to meet academic service at Bachelor degree programs and/or other units at SBM ITB with load up to 6 credits/semester
  3. Candidates must maintain a minimum of 3.5 GPA, and never retake courses
  4. Candidates must have at least one paper that is accepted in indexed-international journals (such as indexed by Copernicus, Proquest, Directory of Open Access Journals-DOAJ, EBSCOhost) or Scopus-indexed international journals by end of the second year
  5. The scholarship will be ended if at least one of above obligations is not met