• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Doctor of Business Administration (Blended) program at the Royal Roads University is a research-based doctoral program oriented to applied business management research designed primarily for working professionals who aspire to be leaders in their field or sector.
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In the Doctor of Business Administration (Blended) program at the Royal Roads University , you will tackle a real-life management issue and contribute to the advancement of management research and practice. You'll join our community of management researchers whose research will impact management learning and practice.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the DBA program are:       

  • to graduate scholar-practitioners who have the capacity to think critically, integrate theory and practice, and lead change
  • to promote applied, scholarly, evidence-based, scientific, and practice-oriented research that contributes to the advancement of professional, sustainable, value-driven, and innovative management practices and leadership
  • to graduate individuals who can independently develop original management-related research that informs both theory and practice
  • to provide an advanced and rigorous program of study which is flexible enough to respond to current and changing needs of the Canadian knowledge economy, and simultaneously consider the resource-based nature of the economy
  • to build a community of management researchers at RRU that is a part of a wider national and global community of researchers
  • to provide a vehicle for dialogues between RRU and industry practitioners to enhance collaborative co-production of useable knowledge

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • The Development of Management Theories and Practices
  • The Development of Management Theories and Practices - Research Themes
  • Applied Research Design
  • Applied Management Research Design and Strategies: Qualitative Methods
  • Applied Management Research Design and Strategies: Quantitative Methods
  • Self Directed Study
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Relevant master’s degree from a recognized university, normally with a minimum ‘B’ (3.00/4.33 GPA)
  • Normally, a minimum of seven years of relevant full-time work experience, with five years at a management level and increasing levels of responsibility

Work Experience

At least 7 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21492 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 85990 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    21492 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 85990 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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