Doctor of Business Administration JPT/BPP(MQA/PA8155)11/21


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The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme is specially designed for motivated high achievers among business leaders, senior managers and rising executives. Throughout the programme, the candidate will be guided to develop the skills to integrate, analyse and synthesise information, conduct independent research, appraise problems, generate new insights and communicate effectively.

The programme aims to expose learners to the different perspectives on, and approaches to, managing and leading in different organisational and cultural contexts and to develop learners’ understanding of the theories and tools appropriate to the task of managing and implementing changes that have a real impact on organisations. The programme also aims to develop learners’ awareness of the wider global context in which business and management takes place, and increase learners’ ability to work confidently across industrial and national boundaries.

Throughout the programme, the learners will be guided on ways to engage in applied research, which requires demonstration of skills related to problem-solving, systematic analysis, communication and collaboration.

Compulsory courses Elective courses (choose two)
  • Academic Writing
  • Advanced Economic Theory
  • Advanced Finance and Accounting
  • Advanced Operation Management
  • Advanced Organizational Management
  • Business Strategy Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship Development
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Research Methodology
  • Research Proposal
  • Seminar in Organizational Behaviour

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  • Advanced Economic Analysis
  • Advanced International Business
  • Business Strategy and Policy
  • Global Marketing and Strategy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Strategy Seminar

** Dissertation - Students are required to carry out an applied research in a particular area of organizational discipline.


  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field of study accepted by the Senate, or
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree accepted by the Senate

English Language:

  • International Students are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.0 for IELTS or its equivalent.
  • Local Students are required to demonstrate a good command of the English Language. The successful completion of the programme requires candidates to read, write and communicate effectively and extensively in English.


  • A face-to-face interview will be requested. Online-mediated interviews may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Professor Dr Abdul Latif Salleh
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Professor Dr Loke Siew Phaik
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Professor Dr. Charles Y.J. Cheah
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Associate Professor Adeline Kok Li-Ming
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Dr Jeffrey Yee Khong Loong
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Dr. Sofiah Kadar Khan
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Dr. Hafizah Mat Nawi
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April, July and December


Mode of Study: Full time and part time


Duration of Study
Full-time: 3 years. Part-time: 4 years

Mode of Delivery
Lectures, discussions, seminars and problem-based learning


Medium of Instruction: English


Method of Delivery
Lecture, Discussion, Research supervision