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Overview

The DBA is a four-year blended part-time program and is structured in two stages. Stage One consists of two years of course work that covers research philosophies, qualitative and quantitative research methods, research in support of business functions, literature review & critique, and human factors and social responsibility. Stage Two lasts two years and comprises the DBA thesis. At this stage, the formal teaching aspect of the program ends and students are expected to use the knowledge gained from Stage One to undertake a research investigation that represents an original contribution to professional thinking and practice and has high academic merit. DBA candidates often tackle issues of real importance to their own organizations, thus delivering high-utility outcomes and enjoying the rewards of seeing their solutions beneficially implemented. During this period, the student's work will be overseen by a Thesis Committee. The program is completed after successful submission and defense of the dissertation.

Program Objectives

  • Enabling senior managers to enhance their professional practice and contribute state-of-the-art knowledge in their chosen area of study.
  • Producing research-oriented professionals with advanced capabilities in leadership and change management.
  • Allowing graduates to take back to their organizations increased understanding and conceptual thinking in business management at the highest level.
  • Enhancing competitive advantage for the executives and their organizations, by participating in discussions with academics and practitioners at the cutting edge of their fields.

Program Learning Outcomes

The DBA program has five primary areas of focus:

  • Communication skills
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.
  • Autonomy, Teamwork, and Leadership.
  • Ethical and Civic Engagement.
  • Discipline knowledge.

The following 10 Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) specify what DBA graduates will be able to do upon completion of the program

PLO1.1 A

Develop oral presentations to communicate effectively and without guidance, using technologies to support the oral presentation of information where needed to academic and professional peers. (‘Creating’’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy).

PLO1.2

Write effectively to communicate highly complex and diverse matters to expert audiences. (‘Creating’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy).

PLO2.1

Apply a range of mastered skills and techniques including synthesis, evaluation, planning, and reflection, required to critically extend and redefine professional practice and knowledge. (‘Applying’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy).

PLO2.2

Apply advanced skills in developing innovative solutions to critical problems using expert skills, demonstrating intellectual independence. (‘Applying’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy).

PLO3.1

Act with authority, creativity, autonomy, independence, scholarly and professional integrity. (‘Creating’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy)

PLO3.2

Demonstrate abilities associated with the professional leadership of peer groups and teams. (‘Applying’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy).

PLO4.1

Assess consistently and sensitively manage diverse ethical issues in highly complex contexts and make fair judgments. (‘Evaluating’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy).

PLO4.2

Examine the complex social and cultural contexts of leadership. (‘Analyzing’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy).

PLO5.1

Evaluate the state of research and practice in a business field and highlight possible ways to contribute to that field. (‘Evaluating’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy).

PLO5.2

Create new knowledge in the field, through independent research, innovative and creative practical solutions to a challenging business problem through conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and adapting research processes in complex contexts. (‘Creating’ category in the revised Bloom’s taxonomy).

Admission to the DBA

Admission into the UAEU DBA program will be selective in nature. A critical requirement is that admitted students be capable of undertaking doctoral-level activities. A DBA Admissions Committee, consisting of faculty members of the CBE along with the DBA Program Coordinator, will evaluate each applicant to determine their suitability for admission to the course.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the DBA Program at UAEU.

  • A Master’s Degree from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, in an area appropriate to the academic area to which application is being made.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, in the Master’s degree earned at an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
  • A score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent; this score must be less than two years old at the time of application and from our approved Centers (please contact Admissions for validation).
  • A minimum of five years of combined relevant work experience at executive/management level pre- or post-Master.

Tuition and Fees

Fees

Tuition per Credit Hour

Total

Course Work

8,400

201,600

Dissertation Research

2,100

50,400

Application Fee

500

Total Fees

252,500

Payment details as follows

Year 1 - Two Semesters 100,800

Two installments: Each installment to be made before the beginning of every semester

  • Semester 1: AED 50,400
  • Semester 2: AED 50,400

Year 2 - Two Semesters 100,800

Two installments: Each installment to be made before the beginning of every semester

  • Semester 1: AED 63,000
  • Semester 2: AED 37,800

Year 3 25,200

Students who fail to complete their dissertation at the end of Year 4, will be required to pay a continuation fee of AED 25,000 per year.

Year 4 25,200

Students who fail to complete their dissertation at the end of Year 4, will be required to pay a continuation fee of AED 25,000 per year.

More information

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Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 22, 2019
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Start Date
Aug 2020
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Mar 30, 2020
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