The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is an advanced postgraduate research degree focusing on professional business practice, providing experienced managers with the necessary research skills that can be applied to issues of organizational leadership.

The DBA provides a framework that will enable participants to expand their knowledge in one or more business areas, drawing on the disciplinary expertise of faculties across campus.

The course is designed to build on the existing strengths of the participants and provide a formal educational opportunity for them to develop and apply business research skills, enhance their understanding of contemporary management theories, and gain a competitive advantage in business.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

1 Demonstrate expert, specialized cognitive, technical and research skills in a discipline area to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial scholarly contribution to a discipline and professional practice.
2 Critically reflect on, synthesize and evaluate a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of a discipline area.
3 Communicate research findings, explaining and critiquing theoretical propositions, methodologies, results, and conclusions to peers and to the community.
4 Apply detailed knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute original research with intellectual independence and with full autonomy, authoritative judgment, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs.

Why choose this course

Sydney Business School is the graduate school of the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong. Our courses are delivered from campuses located in the Sydney CBD at Circular Quay in Sydney and Wollongong. They are designed for individuals seeking to expand their expertise, build their professional excellence or enhance their leadership capabilities.

Our postgraduate programs are: informed by research, structured on applied outcomes, recognized by industry, delivered by highly qualified and industry-experienced academics and supported through additional specialized student learning and development resources.

Entry Requirements

Students will typically have as a minimum a relevant Masters degree (Management or Business specialization) with a minimum of 65% average. Students are required to have at least 5 years' work experience at a management level.

Applications must be accompanied by a 2,000-word proposal which should outline the main focus of the applicant’s research interest, a commentary on important and recent literature in this area, and a discussion of why this is an important area of research. All proposals must acknowledge sources correctly. Proposals may be checked using a plagiarism checking system. Research interests should be related to topics listed on the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong website.

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Last updated June 28, 2018
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