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Business Administration

Abu Dhabi University

48 months
1221 EUR/credit 20146 EUR/year
1221 EUR/credit 20146 EUR/year
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If you are at the top your profession, this prestigious doctorate program in Business Administration from Abu Dhabi University will cement your credibility as an expert in your chosen field.   


Targeting experienced leaders in government, senior executives, consultants, management educators and business school academics, the Business Administration from Abu Dhabi University is designed to boost professional competence, enhance executive and professional practice and enable you to serve effectively as a global change agent. With this terminal degree, you will stand out amongst your peers.

During the program, you will strengthen your capability to develop knowledge and theory, as well as the application of it. You will develop a sound understanding of the relevant conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of your chosen area of original research and grow your expertise in this area.  

The program will provide a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry, enabling you to develop personal, consultancy and research competencies to undertake rigorous research at an advanced level. This will allow you to make a significant contribution to theory and practice in the field of business and management.

Designed to have internal and external examiners on dissertation committees, the program presents an opportunity for you to work with a large network of experts from around the world in your specialized area of research. The emphasis on research publication in the program means that studies in the GCC are dominated by ADU’s DBA students and graduates.

Our taught courses are delivered over alternate weekends, allowing you the flexibility to manage your working life and doctoral studies.  The program is offered in Abu Dhabi in the Fall and in the Fall and Winter in Dubai.

Career opportunities

As well as enhancing your executive and professional practice and making you stand out in your chosen area of expertise, this program also qualifies you to be a faculty member and teach at universities around the world.

From finance to technology, marketing to human resources management, your deeper knowledge and understanding will give you a leading edge when exploring the challenges and opportunities facing business today.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communication and Leadership
  • Qualitative Methods for Research 
  • Quantitative Methods for Research 
  • Management of Change and Innovation
  • Leadership 
  • Managerial Decision Making 
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


66 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Masters Degree in a directly related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4.00-point scale, from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs.
  • Applicants will be required to complete a panel interview with the DBA’s Admission Selection Committee and will only be offered admission if the interview is deemed successful.  

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20146 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1221 EUR per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    20146 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1221 EUR per credit during 48 months.
  •  4620 AED

Living costs for Abu Dhabi

5000 - 8600 AED /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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