Course Description

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is an advanced postgraduate research degree that emphasises professional business practice, it builds on the existing strengths of the participants and provides professional candidates with the opportunity to develop research skills, enhance their understanding of contemporary business theories and gain a competitive advantage in business by conducting in-depth research in their chosen discipline. The DBA is a eight year part-time degree consisting of 48 credit points of coursework and 144 credit points of research. Under the guidance of a supervisory team, usually consisting of two supervisors, students will independently plan and execute a research project that will lead to the production of a substantial thesis. Coursework is taken in the first four sessions of the degree and students will enrol in generic research training subjects including preparation of their research proposal. The training subjects typically include introduction into the role of theory, research design and methodology, literature sourcing, review and critique, bibliography organisation, structuring and writing a dissertation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation, and research dissemination and impact. These subjects expose students to diverse teaching methods. For subject details, see the course structure section below. Students completing the DBA will make an original contribution to knowledge and the understanding of professional practice in their chosen discipline. They will also be able to communicate this contribution to their peers, both professional and academic, and the community.


6 - 8 years part time

Starting dates


Course codes

University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 213

Entry Requirements