Doctor of Business Administration
Course summary for international students
|Award granted||Doctor of Business Administration|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$29,800* AUD|
|Level||Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)|
|CRICOS course code||054580F|
IELTS overall score of 7 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent
|Deakin course code||M901|
|Faculty contacts||Deakin International|
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
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 overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Research information
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- How to apply
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
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.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
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 - 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
- Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now OR
- Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office OR
- Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org