The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a research degree programme designed for experienced managers. It offers an opportunity to take your business and management knowledge and understanding to a higher level and, importantly, to relate it closely to your workplace needs. Like the PhD, the DBA offers a doctoral qualification but, in this case, one that is more directly linked to the world of work.
About the Programme
The programme consists of the following elements:
• directed reading after enrolment;
• approval of proposed research topic;
• attending a Research Proposal Workshop, incorporating sessions on writing a literature review and undertaking research, using action research, case research or reflective practice methodologies;
• approval of your research proposal by a Supervisory Panel and subsequently by the AIB Ethics Committee;
• carrying out your research and writing a thesis of 40,000 to 50,000 words.
You will be accompanied and supported on your research journey by an expert Principal Supervisor. Where it is not feasible to have regular face-to-face interaction, use will be made of other means of communication. Contact will also be encouraged with other research degree candidates.
As with all AIB programmes, the Doctor of Business Administration is accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework.
When can I join?
Please contact us for the latest enrolment dates. After enrolment, you will receive a reading pack after enrolment, and you will be advised of the dates of the next Research Proposal Workshop.
How long will it take to complete?
The programme must be completed in a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 years. The Research & Higher Degrees Committee will consider whether there is a case for extensions of time beyond 6 years.
What qualifications do I need to be accepted?
AIB will be looking for candidates with:
• a Master’s with credit level Grade Point Average (GPA) or an undergraduate honours degree from a recognized university;
• proficiency in written and spoken English, and in relevant numeracy skills;
• at least 5 years of management or appropriate professional experience;
• a proposed research topic in an area acceptable to AIB; and
• where relevant, a letter of consent from their organization, confirming support for the proposed workplace research.
Candidates without all of the above requirements may still apply and their case will be considered on a discretionary basis.
Can I join if I live outside Australia?
Yes, thanks to modern communications, you can. It will be necessary for you to attend workshops in Adelaide for two weeks each year.
How much will it cost?
Eligible Australian candidates are entitled to apply for FEEHELP, which will be introduced in AIB at the end of July 2013.
AIB is a member of a Tuition Assurance Scheme for the protection of student fees.