Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) (By Mixed Mode)

(R/345/8/0141) 05/22 (A8126)

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a rigorous research-based program that will prepare proven business professionals to expand their breadth of knowledge and abilities in leadership, innovation and customer engagement.  The program facilitates the transition toward a new career by developing a comprehensive understanding of the discipline and essential research methods. The program offers a mixed-mode programme with a combination of coursework and research activities. The assessment depends upon both the coursework and dissertation (research work). A doctorate in business prepares you to conduct applied research in specific business disciplines, allowing you to pursue an advanced career in corporations, banks, government agencies, and research-oriented consulting positions.


  • A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in related fields as accepted by the HEP Senate; OR
  • A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in non-related fields as accepted by the HEP Senate, subject to having relevant working experience and rigorous internal assessment; OR
  • A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in non-related fields as accepted by the HEP Senate and without relevant working experience subject to passing pre-requisite courses; OR
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in the field or related fields recognised by the Government of Malaysia.


  • A minimum overall TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based); OR
  • A minimum IELTS (academic) overall band score of 6.0; OR
  • A minimum credit in 1119 English Examination; OR
  • A minimum MUET overall band score of 4; OR
  • Any other equivalent qualification as determined by the Senate of the University

The English language requirement and English interview is waived for the candidates who are natives of and/or have completed their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from countries that use English as the medium of instruction as well as the first language.


  • Duration of study: Minimum 3 years (1 year of coursework + 2 years of dissertation)
  • Class sessions: Weekend
  • No. of semesters per year: 6 short semesters.
  • No. of subjects taken per short semester: 2 subjects
  • Duration of study: Minimum 4 years (2 years of coursework + 2 years of dissertation)
  • Class sessions: Weekend
  • No. of semesters per year: 6 short semesters.
  • No. of subjects taken per short semester: 1 subject

Accounting Decisions
Global Financial Economics
Ethics and Governance
Management Consultancy
Organization Management
Strategic Marketing
Case Methodology
Data Analysis Techniques
Research Methodology
Strategic Management Theory
DBA Dissertation

Note: The above programme structure serves as a general guide.


This programme aims to produce graduates with the following quality after several years of graduation:

  • PEO1 Graduates who apply advanced business management knowledge and skills for professionally or socially gainful activities
  • PEO2 Graduates who apply digital and technical skills in providing novel solutions to complex problems
  • PEO3 Graduates who exhibit contemporary leadership competence
  • PEO4 Graduates who engage in lifelong learning in response to the rapid pace of technological and strategic change

Upon graduation, the graduates are expected to achieve or attain the following outcomes:

  • PLO1: Integrate theories and concepts in business to advance the frontiers of knowledge and/or professional practice
  • PLO2: Resolve complex problems and contemporary issues by providing novel solutions to business organisations through advanced research
  • PLO3: Demonstrate the ability to carry out specialised and original research independently and ethically to resolve complex and contemporary business issues
  • PLO4: Display mastery of written and oral communication and collaborative skills with stakeholders
  • PLO5: Adapt a broader range of suitable digital applications and analytical techniques for research/work/study
  • PLO6: Evaluate numerical, qualitative and graphical data to resolve complex problems and contemporary issues in work/study
  • PLO7: Display professionalism and responsibility in assigned research, projects and tasks
  • PLO8: Display continuous self-improvement for professional development with entrepreneurial mind-set
  • PLO9: Perform research adhering to legal, ethical, professional and sustainable practices


Dr. Vincent Oh Kim Seng

Head of Unit - PG

Dr. Norhazlin Binti Ismail

Programme Coordinator


Professor Dr. Azlan Amran

Graduate School of Business
Universiti Sains Malaysia