Doctor of Business Administration

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Doctor of Business Administration
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code054580F
Deakin course codeM901

For further information about the DBA, including important advice about the application process and deadlines, please refer to

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Research information

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.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicable$25,000$32,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

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.

Course structure

Stage 1 (Coursework)

MPA951Financial Reporting and Analysis

MPR951Financial Reporting and Analysis (Residential) *

MPT981/MPE981Economics for Managers #

MPK901Research Design and Analysis

MPR906/MPM906Strategic Management *

MPR921/MPM921Organisational Behaviour *

plus 3 credit points from:

MPD915Management and Organisational Consulting

MPT953/MPF953Finance #

MPT936/MPK936International Marketing #

MPM912Managing Innovation

MPR922/MPM922Human Resource Management *

MPT935/MPM935International Business Management #

MPT932/MPK932Marketing 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


MPD910Thesis Literature Review

MPD911Thesis Proposal

plus 2 credit points of units from:

MPD912Quantitative Thesis Research

MMD916Thesis Method: Qualitative Research

MPD914Thesis Results Reporting

*MPR denotes residential version of unit

#MPT code denotes study tour version of unit