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Doctor of Business Administration, DBA

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Toowoomba, Australia| Online
The Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of Southern Queensland provides a high-level, professional oriented program of study that gives students who are already business professionals, an advanced theoretical and empirical understanding of business challenges to enable them to identify and resolve these challenges in both the private and public sectors.
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On successful completion of the Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of Southern Queensland students will be able to:

  • apply relevant theoretical knowledge to contemporary business problems
  • critique contemporary organisational practice in the light of relevant theory
  • determine, apply and evaluate the effectiveness and rigour of research methods to business problems
  • critically evaluate business research studies in order to assess their quality and applicability in improving the effective handling of business management problems
  • demonstrate superior oral and written communications skills relevant to business
  • analyse research data and reflect critically on the analysis.

Career outcomes

With your doctorate you can pursue a career as an academic, consultant or manager in a diverse range of industries worldwide.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      part-time equivalent

  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

The Doctor of Business Administration is a 24-unit program comprising 4 coursework courses from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialisation courses, 2 units of research coursework and 18 units of research. Students are required to undertake:

  • 4 coursework courses from the MBA specialisation courses. If a supervisor evaluates that the applicant should build more specific prior knowledge in a particular specialist area that is vital to the research topic, then the applicant can be required to complete up to four relevant specialisation courses from the MBA

  • Research and Research Methods which must be completed successfully before progressing to the research thesis

  • plus an externally examined research thesis normally comprised of 18 units.

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

CRICOS code: 077414G

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • An Australian university coursework Masters degree or equivalent
  • 5 years full-time equivalent work experience, including at least 2 years full-time equivalent work experience in a managerial position
  • Submission of a satisfactory preliminary research proposal, as determined by the Higher Degrees Review and Admissions Committee.

Work Experience

At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9600 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28800 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    7596 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22800 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Toowoomba

  • 1200 - 2000 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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