Doctor of Business Administration

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Doctor of Business Administration
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$32,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code054580F
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 7 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent

Deakin course code M901
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

For further information about the DBA, including important advice about the application process and deadlines, please refer to http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/courses/dba.php

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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

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.

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.

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.

Course structure

Stage 1 (Coursework)

MPA951Financial Reporting and Analysis
or

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

plus:

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

Entry requirements - general

The minimum qualification for admission as a candidate for a degree of doctor is a degree of bachelor with honours or a degree of master with a substantial research component, from a recognised tertiary institution, in a field relevant to the program which the applicant proposes to undertake and for which the University can provide the required supervisory expertise.

See entry pathways to research degrees for detailed information on demonstrating your research ability and eligibility criteria.  International students must also meet the English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

The entry requirements for 901 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.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au