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CSU's Doctor of Business Administration is a higher degree by research that provides an opportunity for experienced business and public sector executives to refine and extend their business knowledge to an advanced level.

  • Why study this course?

    This research focused course is designed to extend professional business, management or administrative knowledge. In this way the course is designed for candidates who have a strong practical business or management background and are interested in developing deeper analytical, research and problem solving skills.

    As a research-based professional doctorate, CSU's Doctor of Business Administration provides strongly industry focused and practically relevant education. It produces better informed, skilled and reflective professional practitioners and, in doing so, equips professionals for diverse and changing work contexts by offering the development of skills and knowledge that will have enduring benefits.

    The Doctor of Business Administration is designed to develop an advanced level of research capability that equips candidates with a knowledge base to make a significant contribution to business professional practice through the conduct of original research.

    The course offers a useful balance of structure and practical focus and is designed to develop research skills in a structured and logical way. It provides the relevant building blocks for developing a research capability thorough a series of structured coursework subjects. 

    This foundation then develops a pathway for the conduct of exciting and innovative research relevant to the work environment.

    Workplace learning

    The nature of the course requires candidates to be currently working in a business or public sector organisation or have access to one, so that appropriate data can be employed to facilitate the production of a thesis which makes a significant and original contribution to professional practice.

    Graduates from the Doctor of Business Administration have demonstrated a capability to produce independent research that clearly makes an original and significant scholarly contribution to business professional practice. Graduates have developed a capacity to reflect upon and solve important contemporary business problems by applying appropriate theoretical frameworks, knowledge and methods. The degree consists of one-third coursework and two-thirds research.

    Course structure

    The course consists of the following programs:

    1) Doctor of Business Administration coursework

    Each student must successfully complete four doctoral level subjects (for a total of 64 points)

    2) Doctor of Business Administration thesis

    The student, under the direction of the appointed supervisors, will identify, analyse and propose solutions to current problems confronting professional practice in business through the application of knowledge, thereby improving professional practice or understanding.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of the Doctor of Business Administration work in a variety of private and public sector organisations in various managerial and research positions. The advanced discipline and professional knowledge developed provides a basis for promotion to senior managerial roles in organisations.

    The accumulated research skills equip graduates for roles such as

    • business analysts
    • research analysts
    • manager of research operations
    • research consultant
  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Credit will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be offered for equivalent doctoral level studies.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of the following programs:

    1) DBA coursework:

    Each student must successfully complete four doctoral level subjects (for a total of 64 points):

    DBA711 Research Issues in Business
    DBA712 Research Methodology for Business
    DBA713 Developing a Literature Review
    DBA714 Business Specialisation Research


    2) DBA Thesis

    The student, under the direction of the appointed supervisors, will identify, analyse and propose solutions to current problems confronting professional practice in business through the application of knowledge, thereby improving professional practice or understanding.

    The original contribution to knowledge in a DBA thesis must encompass at least one of the following:

    demonstrating specialised research skills that enhance problem identification and problem solving in management or public policy;extending knowledge or change processes in business or professional practice;developing innovative approaches to the application of knowledge to the candidate's business or profession;identifying relationships between research and broader knowledge within the business field.

    Students will enrol in one of the following research subjects during the period of their candidature:

    DBA717 Thesis (Full-time) (128 Points)
    DBA718 Thesis (Part-time) (128 Points)

    Enrolment pattern

    Full Time

    Session 1

    DBA711 Research Issues in Business
    DBA712 Research Methodology for Business

    Session 2

    DBA713 Developing a Literature Review
    DBA714 Business Specialisation Research

    Sessions 3 to 6

    DBA717 Thesis (Full-time) (128 Points)

    Part Time

    Session 1

    DBA711 Research Issues in Business

    Session 2

    DBA712 Research Methodology for Business

    Session 3

    DBA713 Developing a Literature Review

    Session 4

    DBA714 Business Specialisation Research

    Sessions 5 to 12

    DBA718 Thesis (part-time) (128 Points)

  • Admission information

    Students must have completed a MBA degree or Masters Degree in Business, or hold an equivalent qualification from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, or hold an international qualification deemed to be equivalent (as determined by NOOSR).

    To gain entry to the program students will normally have achieved a credit average (or equivalent) in their MBA (or equivalent) studies as a demonstration of their capacity to undertake postgraduate work at an advanced level.

    In addition to acceptable academic qualifications, an applicant for admission shall:

    • have a minimum of five years of relevant business experience, and
    • be working in business or have access to business such that the practical requirements of the program and the research can be undertaken.

    Intending applicants should contact the Sub-Dean, Graduate Studies to discuss the proposal before submitting the prescribed application form. In addition, applicants must complete a form describing their area of interest, which should accompany their application. Please phone info.csu on 1800 334 733 or make an online enquiry for the contact details of the appropriate person.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Scholarships

    A limited number of scholarships are available for part-time students to cover tuition fees. Scholarship applications normally open in early September, with a closing date of 31 October.

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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPPGYYNOBDD
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPOSYYNJBDD

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (coursework component 64 points and thesis 128 points).

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Doctor of Business Administration Higher Degrees by Research - Additional Information

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  • About the School

    School of Management and Marketing

    The School of Management and Marketing is a multi-campus school with staff and students on each of the University’s main campuses: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; and Wagga Wagga. The School also has many online students from across Australia as well as internationally located.

    Academic staff within the School teach and research in the discipline areas of Management and Marketing and many have extensive business and practical workplace experience that informs their teaching and research.

    We seek to nurture a culture of excellence in teaching, research and professional practice. With a strong focus on quality work-integrated learning and teaching, the School seeks to produce graduates who are highly knowledgeable, insightful, reflective, ethical and workplace capable. The School offers generalist business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the Bachelor of Business Studies and the Master of Business Administration (with specialisations). We also offer specialist courses that build core knowledge and skills in particular discipline areas such as Management, Leadership, Organisational Change, Strategy, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Staff in the School are also actively engaged in research and higher degree supervision. Research from our marketing staff has been ranked as internationally significant by Excellence in Research Australia.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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