Glioblastoma (GBM) is a stage 4 malignant tumor in which a large portion of tumor cells are reproducing and dividing at any moment. These tumors are life threatening and may result in partial or complete mental and physical disability. In this study, we have proposed a classification model using hybrid deep belief networks (DBN) to classify magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for GBM tumor. DBN is composed of stacked restricted Boltzmann machines (RBM). DBN often requires a large number of hidden layers that consists of large number of neurons to learn the best features from the raw image data. Hence, computational and space complexity is high and requires a lot of training time. The proposed approach combines DTW with DBN to improve the efficiency of existing DBN model. The results are validated using several statistical parameters. Statistical validation verifies that the combination of DTW and DBN outperformed the other classifiers in terms of training time, space complexity and classification accuracy. © 2020, The Author(s).