Placeholder image for Doctorate in Business Administration

Doctorate in Business Administration, D.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Athabasca, Canada
As the first online Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) offered by a Canadian University, the Athabasca University (AU) online DBA fills an important niche role in management education by increasing access to doctoral-level studies for highly motivated management professionals in business, government, and not-for-profits.
Access all 180000+ programmes, for free with a Studyportals account.
account benefits visualised


Direct impact on organizations

The Doctorate in Business Administration focuses on researching practical business and managerial issues through knowledge building, critique, and the systematic application of relevant theories and research to management practice. It is designed for those who want to make direct impact on their organizations, industry and communities through improved management practice. It is a research-based qualification with the same level of rigor and scholarship expected of any doctoral program.

Collaborative, 24 hour online learning

The Faculty of Business Graduate program’s proven online learning platform will be employed as the primary technology to deliver courses and to supervise dissertations. Students, faculty and staff are all connected, creating a dynamic, interactive learning environment while giving students the support and service they need.

Leading edge research, exceptional management talent

The DBA supports leading edge research in management thinking and practice by students and faculty who bring real world experience, knowledge and workplace context to the table. It helps build highly qualified management talent who will foster innovation and competitive advantage for business and government, world-wide.

Athabasca University Online Doctorate in Business Administration students will:

  • Expand competencies in management research and practice
  • Effectively conduct and evaluate management research
  • Develop scholarship in management practice
  • Communicate research findings and outcomes
  • Create solutions to business and organizational problems that will increase competitive advantage
  • Enhance professional credibility
  • Derive intrinsic satisfaction from higher level learning


Athabasca University is a member of The Executive DBA Council (EDBAC). EDBAC is an international association of thirty-five programs with a presence in thirteen countries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Orientation
  • Conceptual Foundations of Organizational Research
  • Current Research
  • Management Research in Practice
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Readings
  • Dissertation Proposal/Preparation for Candidacy Exam
For more information, please visit the program’s website.

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

Academic Requirements

  • You need the following GMAT score:

    Required score: 550

    The GMAT - or Graduate Management Admission Test - is a frequent requirement for admission at management and business schools across the world. The GMAT score ranges between 200 and 800 and measures the verbal and quantitative reasoning of test-takers.

General Requirements

Applicants will have:

  • an MBA or equivalent master’s degree from an accredited university
  • five or more years of significant management and/or professional work experience
  • an acceptable university level course in statistics
  • English language proficiency

and provide:

  • an expression of research interests (1,000 – 1,500 words)
  • three reference letters, preferably two business and one academic, but three business references are acceptable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14340 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57340 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    14340 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57340 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Athabasca

  • 1163 - 1830 CAD/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.


You’ve wishlisted multiple studies. Did you know you can compare them side-by-side in our Compare-tool?

Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!