Doctor of Business Administration


Doctor of Business Administration


The course includes the following awards:

Doctor of Business Administration DBA


Doctor of Business Administration (2904BA)

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Normal Course Duration

Doctor of Business Administration

Full-time 3.0 years (6.0 sessions)

Part-time 6.0 years (12.0 sessions)

Normal course duration is the effective period of time taken to complete a course when studied Full-time (Full-time Equivalent Duration). Students are advised to consult the Enrolment Pattern for the actual length of study. Not all courses are offered in Full-time mode.

Admission Criteria

CSU Admission Policy

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.


CSU Credit Policy

No special arrangements apply

Graduation Requirement

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

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)


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: April 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.