• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at 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 and who want to independently develop original, impactful research on the practice of management. It is designed to combine the strengths of the professional doctorate with the research value and rigor common to a more traditional PhD. 

The program is designed to respond to the need for high quality, rigorous, relevant and applied research that bridges theory and practice and contributes to the advancement of the Canadian economy.  The program is a 60-credit program which normally takes four years to complete.  The program is delivered in a blended model, through a combination of short intensive residencies and online courses.  A candidacy examination, dissertation and oral defence will also be required. 

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; and
  • to provide a vehicle for dialogues between RRU and industry practitioners to enhance collaborative co-production of useable knowledge.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • 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

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • 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.

  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

The adjudication panel will look for evidence of sufficient management knowledge, skills and competencies; appropriate work and management experience; progressive professional development; leadership potential; intellectual curiosity; a commitment to dedicating time to the program; and a capacity to take on independent applied research. 

The following will be used in assessing the eligibility of applicants for admission:

  • Application Form
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of Reference
  • Program Proposal
  • Structured Resume

      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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