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Doctor of Business Administration

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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

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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.

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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.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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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.

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Course structure

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  

MPT953/MPF953 Finance  #

MPT936/MPK936 International Marketing  #

MPM912 Managing Innovation  

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  

MPD911 Thesis Proposal  


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


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