Doctor of Business Administration
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|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted||Doctor of Business Administration|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
There will be no intake in 2016*
|Level||Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)|
Deakin Graduate School of Business
Telephone: 1800 624 316 Freecall (within Australia)
or +61 3 5227 3447
|CRICOS course code||054580F|
|Deakin course code||M901|
*Intake into this course has been suspended pending the outcome of a review.
- Course overview
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Research information
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - specific
- Selection criteria
- Credit for prior learning - specific
The Doctor of Business Administration is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of key business disciplines and research methodologies relevant to business. It also aims to develop critical thinking and the ability to apply theoretical understanding and research results to business problems. It will develop advanced research skills and the ability to communicate research outcomes, improve professional practice in a range of business disciplines and provide students with the opportunity to pursue individual research projects.
The Doctor of Business Administration will provide students with an advanced understanding of key business disciplines and research methodologies relevant to business and improve professional practice in a range of business disciplines.
The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a 24 credit point professional doctoral degree taken over three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent). Students are required to complete eight core coursework units, four thesis support units and a core research thesis worth 12 credit points.
The Doctor of Business Administration is designed for experienced senior managers who wish to develop their analytical, managerial and research skills and hence their ability to operate in business. Through independent study and supervised research it will also enhance students' ability to pursue original research and present the results of that research in an appropriate form. As a professional doctorate, the DBA in its coursework and research components is oriented towards the needs of business professionals and designed to improve professional practice in a range of business disciplines.
Stage 1 (Coursework)
|MPA951||Financial Reporting and Analysis|
|MPR951||Financial Reporting and Analysis (Residential) *|
|MPT981/MPE981||Economics for Managers #|
|MPK901||Research Design and Analysis|
|MPR906/MPM906||Strategic Management *|
|MPR921/MPM921||Organisational Behaviour *|
plus 3 credit points from:
|MPA911||Corporate Governance and Ethics|
|MPD915||Management and Organisational Consulting|
|MPT936/MPK936||International Marketing #|
|MPR922/MPM922||Human Resource Management *|
|MPT935/MPM935||International Business Management #|
|MPT932/MPK932||Marketing Management #|
Or any other Level 9 cognate unit offered by the University not included in Stage 2, subject to the approval of the DBA Course Team Chair and the relevant unit chair.
Stage 2 (Doctoral Research)
12 credit points of DBA thesis units from:
MPD901, MPD902, MPD903, MPD904
|MPD910||Thesis Literature Review|
plus 2 credit points of units from:
|MPD912||Quantitative Thesis Research|
|MMD916||Thesis Method: Qualitative Research|
|MPD914||Thesis Results Reporting|
*MPR denotes residential version of unit
#MPT code denotes study tour version of unit
Entry requirements - specific
The entry requirements for M901 Doctor of Business Administration are:
- at least 5 years of management (or equivalent professional) experience
- 4 years of undergraduate study or a masters degree
- evidence of research experience and capability equivalent to an honours or masters degree minor thesis (15,000 words). Work-based research and/or publications may be considered.
Entry and selection will be undertaken via normal procedures and in line with University Policy and Procedure and Faculty Rules. Application for admission to the DBA will require:
- Transcripts of results for previously completed studies;
- A resume' outlining the nature and extent of the applicant's business experience relevant to admission;
- Confidential reports from two referees able to comment on the applicant's ability to undertake research;
- A letter of application outlining the reasons for wishing to undertake the DBA, demonstrated ability to undertake research or write substantial material and the proposed research topic; and
- Evidence of proficiency in the English language.
An interview (by phone for non-residents) may be required to confirm the suitability of some applicants.
The admission and selection of applicants will be undertaken by the DBA Course Team.
Credit for prior learning - specific
Students are advised to contact the Faculty for information regarding applying for credit for prior tertiary study and to visit the Faculty of Business and Law credit for prior learning web site which outlines possible credit for prior learning which may be granted.