Section 8 - Faculty of Commerce
Doctor of Business
Research professional doctorate
The Doctor of Business Administration provides an opportunity for senior business and related personnel to refine and extend their business education at an advanced level and in a manner which builds upon their existing strengths by exposing them to additional areas of expertise in which they are now required to perform and to give them a formal educational opportunity to demonstrate their capacities in these areas at the highest level.
The DBA program serves the needs of the Australian business community by providing business professionals with the opportunity to consolidate, refine and expand their theoretical bases and to demonstrate their capacity to apply their knowledge in a practical business oriented way in terms of either business research, business policy or project development and management.
On completion of the course candidates will have:
Wagga Wagga Campus
Normal course duration
Full-time 1.5 years (3 sessions)
Full-time 2 years (4 sessions)
Part-time 4 years (8 sessions)
2 years minimum/5 years maximum
Admission to Part 1 (MBA)
Applicants are normally required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution. Applicants with other academic and/or professional qualifications and/or work experience acceptable to the University will be considered.
Students who have completed an Honours degree in Business will still be required to enrol initially in the MBA program but may be given up to four subjects credit in that program on the basis of honours work completed.
Admission to Part 2 (DBA)
Students must have completed the CSU MBA program or other CSU Masters degree in business or hold an equivalent qualification from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or a qualification deemed to be equivalent (as determined by NOOSA or by the Faculty of Commerce Board through the Credit and Admissions Sub-Committee of Faculty Board).
To gain entry to the second part of 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 to Part 2 shall:
a) have a minimum of five years of relevant business experience; and
b) be working in business or have access to business such that the practical requirements of the program and the research can be undertaken.
To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points. A credit package of 64 points is given in the DBA upon completion of the MBA or equivalent program. The DBA component comprises 128 points (coursework component 64 points and dissertation 64 points).
Each student must successfully complete four doctoral level subjects (for a total of 64 points).
DBA701 Research Methodology for Business**
DBA702 Business Background Studies 1
DBA704 Advanced Business Specialisation Study
DBA705 Advanced Business Specialisation Research
** Students who have had adequate exposure to research methodology, through, for example, an undergraduate Honours program, may substitute DBA703 Business Background Studies 2 for DBA701. Approval to make this substitution will be given by the student’s supervisor.
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 contribution to knowledge in a DBA dissertation may encompass:
§ 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 the research and the wider field of knowledge within the business field.
The dissertation must contribute to knowledge in one or more of these ways.
Students will enrol in one of the following research subjects during the period of their candidature:
DBA706 Dissertation (Full-time) (64 points)
DBA708 Dissertation (Part-time) (64 points)
Professor Charles Noble
School of Business
Telephone: (02) 6051 9804
Facsimile: (02) 6051 9878
Professor John Hicks
Faculty of Commerce
Telephone: (02) 6338 4234
Facsimile: (02) 6338 4250