The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a research course 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 or industry and practice. The DBA offers a doctoral qualification that is more directly linked to the world of work.
The course consists of the following elements:
- Research Orientation
- Coursework subjects
- Research proposal
- Ethics application (if applicable)
- Research thesis of 50,000 to 80,000 words.
See Figure 1 for an example course structure. Throughout the candidature journey you will be presenting your research and research progress to AIB’s research community.
You will be accompanied and supported on your research journey by a supervisory panel including an expert Principal Supervisor who has the primary responsibility for managing the supervision process as well as Associate supervisor(s). Regular interaction and communication with the supervisors occurs during the research journey to provide appropriate academic support, monitor progress and performance, and ensure appropriate outcomes. Contact will also be encouraged with other research degree candidates through online discussion forums and interactive webinars among others.
The course will normally be completed in 3 years (full-time) to 6 years (part-time). In extenuating circumstances, AIB may consider grounds for extension beyond 7 years. See Higher Degrees by Research Policy and Higher Degrees by Research Procedure for details.
The Doctor of Business Administration is accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and is an AQF Level 10 qualification.
What qualifications do I need to be accepted?
- AIB’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) with minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0; OR
- any Masters’ Degree (AQF Level 9) at Credit or higher-level with an appropriate research component (for example, research methods subject or research project); OR
- A Bachelor’s Degree with Honours (AQF Level 8) with minimum upper second class honours or equivalent.
English language requirements must be met. For all admission requirements, please review the DBA Course Brief.
How much will it cost?
Please note, AIB is an approved FEE-HELP provider. Please see the Study Assist website to check eligibility for Commonwealth Fee-HELP Assistance. For current course fees for the DBA, please click here. AIB is a member of a Tuition Assurance Scheme for the protection of student fees.
Student Visa Holders
AIB is not a CRICOS-registered provider and is unable to enrol Student Visa holders.
For more information, please visit the Information for Research Candidates page.
Ready to apply?
The first step in the application process is to conduct a self-check on the minimum entry requirements for your selected research degree. You will then need to identify a suitable supervisory panel. You should make contact and provide a research outline that will assist the potential supervisor to ensure suitability of your research topic. Once you have identified a suitable supervisory panel, we encourage you to proceed with your full application.