Doctor of Business Administration

Course summary for local 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
Next available intake

There will be no intake in 2016*

Faculty contacts

Deakin Graduate School of Business

Telephone: 1800 624 316 Freecall (within Australia)

or +61 3 5227 3447


LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code054580F
Deakin course code M901

*Intake into this course has been suspended pending the outcome of a review.

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.

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

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

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.

Selection criteria

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.