Course summary

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a research-based management program that has been developed in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), at AQF Level 10.

The DBA is particularly designed to enable high-achieving business managers, business owners and senior public servants (who typically possess a Master’s degree), to develop their research skills and an innovative project by way of a research thesis.

The program provides solid training in business research methods to support the candidate's research. All aspects of the qualification can be related to the candidate’s own workplace or industry. This provides opportunities for candidates to uncover new information or insights within their profession, to become an expert in their industry and make a significant contribution to their profession and the business sector.

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a research-based management program that has been developed in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), at AQF Level 10.

The DBA is particularly designed to enable high-achieving business managers, business owners and senior public servants (who typically possess a Master’s degree), to develop their research skills and an innovative project by way of a research thesis.

The program provides solid training in business research methods to support the candidate's research. All aspects of the qualification can be related to the candidate’s own workplace or industry. This provides opportunities for candidates to uncover new information or insights within their profession, to become an expert in their industry and make a significant contribution to their profession and the business sector.

The course includes postgraduate coursework studies, notably in critical literature review, introduction to research methods, qualitative and quantitative methods and developing a research proposal; along with thesis research units relevant to the DBA.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Develop and create effective solutions to complex problems from the frontier of a discipline area.

Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise a complex issue or theory from the frontier of a discipline area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.

Creativity

Independently develop and create innovative ideas and strategies within complex business environments.

Independently identify, critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise complex problems or theories from a discipline area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.

Ethical practice

Critically evaluate challenging interpersonal, organisational and governance issues in terms of their ethical implications.

Apply discipline based knowledge and skills in situations that require autonomy and a high level of responsible behaviour.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate and apply in-depth discipline knowledge and skills at the forefront of a specialised discipline area with a global perspective.

Apply and integrate research principles and methods to complex management problems at the frontier of a management discipline area.

Contribute new knowledge to a specialised management area.

Lifelong learning

Use research skills with full autonomy to develop and create effective solutions to complex problems from the forefront of a discipline area.

Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise a complex issue or theory from a discipline area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with authoritative judgement.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrates professional behaviour in the preparation and delivery of advanced discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally in a business or public context on complex issues.

Demonstrate leadership in the preparation and delivery of advanced written communications of justified advice for a business context, an academic context or the general public on complex issues.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate and apply advanced discipline knowledge and skills in a specialised management area within a global environment.

Apply and integrate research principles and methods to complex management situations.


Course overview

Course code

1447187

Course abbreviation

DBA

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 2 N/A N/A
Online Session 2 N/A N/A

Fee information

Fee paying


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast Session 2 $22,480 ($2,810 per unit) 064045B

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Doctor of Business Administration a candidate shall successfully complete not less than the equivalent of twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. four (4) units from Part A; and
    2. four (4) units from Part B; and
    3. all units in Part C and all units in Part D.
  2. A candidate, who, while enrolled in the Doctor of Business Administration, has completed four (4) units from Part A and four (4) units from Part B, may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Business Research following withdrawal from candidature for the Doctor of Business Administration award.
  3. A candidate, who, while enrolled in the Doctor of Business Administration, has completed four (4) units from Part A, four (4) units from Part B and all units from Part C, may elect to be awarded the Master of Business Research following withdrawal from candidature for the Doctor of Business Administration award.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

Part A consists of four (4) Postgraduate units relevant to the proposed research project and as approved by the Doctor of Business Administration Program Director

Part B

BUS00913 - Business Research Methods Advanced
EDU00751 - Critical Literature Review Advanced
MNG10800 - DBA Research Proposal Advanced
Students must choose one of the following two units as their 4th Part B unit:
MNG03047 - Qualitative Research Methods Advanced
MNG03048 - Quantitative Research Methods Advanced

Part C

MNG10803 - Doctor of Business Administration Thesis Foundations Advanced

Part D

MNG10802 - Doctor of Business Administration Thesis Completion Advanced Note 1

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

Four (4) Postgraduate units as approved by the DBA Program Director

Year 1, Session 2

EDU00751 - Critical Literature Review Advanced
BUS00913 - Business Research Methods Advanced

Year 1, Session 3

EITHER MNG03047 - Qualitative Research Methods OR MNG03048 - Quantitative Research Methods Advanced
MNG10800 - DBA Research Proposal Advanced

Year 2

MNG10803 - Doctor of Business Administration Thesis Foundations Advanced Note 1

Year 3

MNG10802 - Doctor of Business Administration Thesis Completion Advanced Note 1

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

Two (2) Postgraduate units as approved by the DBA Program Director

Year 1, Session 2

Two (2) Postgraduate units as approved by the DBA Program Director

Year 1, Session 3

EDU00751 - Critical Literature Review Advanced

Year 2, Session 1

BUS00913 - Business Research Methods Advanced

Year 2, Session 2

EITHER MNG03047 - Qualitative Research Methods OR MNG03048 - Quantitative Research Methods Advanced

Year 2, Session 3

MNG10800 - DBA Research Proposal Advanced

Year 3 and Year 4

MNG10803 - Doctor of Business Administration Thesis Foundations Advanced

Year 5 and Year 6

MNG10802 - Doctor of Business Administration Thesis Completion Advanced Note 1

Notes

Note 1: 8 unit equivalent