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Take your business expertise to the highest level. CSU's Doctor of Business Administration is a research-based professional doctorate designed to enhance your professional practice and further your knowledge of business, management and administration. 

Providing a strongly industry focused and practically relevant education, this degree will suit you if you have a business or management background and wish to develop advanced research, analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Why study this course?

    The Doctor of Business Administration gives you the opportunity to make a significant contribution to business practice by conducting innovative research.

    Advanced research skills

    Beginning with a series of coursework subjects to build your research capability, you will go on to develop an original research project and produce a thesis. Research areas on offer include management, marketing, organisational psychology, HR management, business strategy, accounting, finance, entrepreneurship and innovation, information management, economics and regional studies.

    Industry relevance

    Maintaining a strong industry focus, you will identify, analyse and propose solutions to a real-life problem confronting business. You are expected to be employed or have access to a business or public sector organisation to complete the practical components of your degree, such as data collection. 

    Leaders in research

    You will join a vibrant research community and complete your doctorate under the supervision of renowned discipline experts in CSU's School of Management and Marketing. As a doctoral candidate, you will have access to a range of valuable learning experiences, such as regular research seminars, professional development workshops and a doctoral research symposium.

  • Career opportunities

    Completion of a Doctor of Business Administration demonstrates that you have advanced research skills and the capacity to reflect on and solve contemporary business challenges. As a graduate, you could work in management or research in private or public sector organisations in roles such as business analyst, research analyst, manager of research operations or research consultant. With advanced discipline and professional knowledge, you will have a strong case for promotion to senior managerial roles.

  • 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 typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPPGYYNOBDD
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPOSYYNJBDD
    DirectOnlineUni WideRTSYYNEBDD

    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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