Doctor of Business Administration

Provided by PSB Academy


Awarded by University of Canberra

Course introduction


If you are a business professional looking to extend your expertise and progress your career to the next level, then this Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) course will help you embrace your past professional and workplace experience to develop a host of relevant research skills.
This Doctorate course provides opportunities for advanced study and reflection on practice across a range of professional fields including accountancy, business management, economics, human resource development, international management, organisational behaviour, and more.
A professional doctorate is, by its very nature, the embodiment of Work Integrated Learning (WIL), and is much more focused on professional practice than a traditional PhD. Throughout the coursework, and specifically in the dissertation, candidates will be encouraged to apply their existing professional knowledge and undertake new research to identify and explore a real-world problem in the field of business administration.

Course Highlights
•    Work-Integrated Learning
Be part of an intellectually stimulating community as you apply your professional knowledge and undertake new research in the field of business administration.
•    Support from A Supervisory Panel
All research candidates will have primary and secondary supervisors to guide their progress.
•    Weekend Seminars
Interactive lectures are conducted on Saturdays, and doctoral weekends from Friday evening to Sunday.
•    Research At Your Own Pace
Conduct research over a time investment of 36-48 months, and graduate with a professional doctorate.

Potential Career Opportunities
•    Academic Teaching & Education
•    Research & Innovation
•    Strategic Management
•    Business Advisory & Consultancy
•    Entrepreneurship
•    Senior Policy & Strategic Planning
•    Industrial Relations & International Diplomacy

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Core Modules:
•    Research Fundamentals PG
•    Reading and Critiquing Literature PG
•    Research Design PG
•    Current Research Issues in Business PG
•    Professional Doctorate Research Proposal B PG
•    Research Component (Literature Review) A R
•    Research Component (Methodology and Data Collection) B R
•    Research Component (Research Report) C R (Part A)
•    Research Component (Research Report) C R (Part B)
•    Research Portfolio R

Terms: 1-2 modules in a Semester.

Minimum Class Size: 5 Candidates
Mode of Assessment: Assessment of this programme includes coursework such as group work, in-class tests, written reports, examinations, and presentations.
Maximum Candidature: The maximum candidature period for all candidates is 48 months (4 years).

Entry Requirements

Local Qualifications
•    Holds at minimum a Bachelor degree and a post-Bachelor Honours year by research, or a Master or Graduate Diploma degree of one to two years full-time equivalent duration in a relevant field with a credit or greater average and evidence of having performed in some subjects relevant to the proposed study at Distinction level or above;
•    Has five years of professional practice in a relevant area;
•    Provides evidence of capacity for independent research under the guidance of a supervisory panel at the doctoral level and relevant professional development; AND
•    Provides evidence of superior professional performance both intellectually and technically.

English Language Requirement
There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS or equivalent of 6.5 with no band score below 6.0. Students who have undertaken all of their education in an English speaking country (as defined on UC website) are deemed to have met our English language proficiency requirements.

Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years old


Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Programme Duration
This programme can be completed in 48 months.

Intake Period
February, August

Fees & Funding

Total Course Fees

Singapore-based students (Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents, and Work Pass holders)
Usual Course Fees For New Students:
•    S$69,956.60
Progressing Student Rate (After Rebate):
•    S$67,956.60

Payment Instalments: 8

Mandatory Fees

Singapore-based students (Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents, and Work Pass holders)
Application Fee: S$220.00

All fees are subject to annual revision.