Doctor of Business Administration - DBA

Course summary

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is an advanced postgraduate research degree focusing on professional business practice, providing experienced managers with the necessary research skills that can be applied to issues of organisational leadership.

The DBA provides a framework that will enable participants to expand their knowledge in one or more business areas, drawing on the disciplinary expertise of faculties across campus.

The course is designed to build on the existing strengths of the participants and provide a formal educational opportunity for them to develop and apply business research skills, enhance their understanding of contemporary management theories, and gain a competitive advantage in business.

Course information

Study area

Business, Research



Course Code



6- 8 years - part-time study only*


On Campus


UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Entry Requirements

Students will typically have as a minimum a relevant Masters degree (Management or Business specialisation) with a minimum of 65% average. Students are required to have at least 5 years' work experience at a management level.

Applications must be accompanied by a 2,000 word proposal which should outline the main focus of the applicant’s research interest, a commentary on important and recent literature in this area, and a discussion of why this is an important area of research. All proposals must acknowledge sources correctly. Proposals may be checked using a plagiarism checking system. Research interests should be related to topics listed on the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong website.


Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.


This program is not available to international applicants.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an auditionor individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



International students All other students.



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2018 Autumn


Session Commences:
26 February 2018

Applications Close:
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time.

Session Details:
Orientation: 21 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate expert, specialised cognitive, technical and research skills in a discipline area to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial scholarly contribution to a discipline and professional practice.
2 Critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of a discipline area.
3 Communicate research findings, explaining and critiquing theoretical propositions, methodologies, results and conclusions to peers and to the community.
4 Apply detailed knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute original research with intellectual independence and with full autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs.

The Doctor of Business Administration Curriculum map illustrates where course learning outcomes are taught, practiced and assessed within subjects in the program.

Course Structure

The coursework component of the DBA includes 48 credit points of coursework subjects. All students enrol in the subjects listed in the table below. On successful completion of coursework subjects, students work with their supervisors to complete a substantial thesis (144 credit points). 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Core Subjects
BUS 996 Introduction to Research and Research Methods 12
BUS 997 Literature Review 12
BUS 993 Applied Data Analysis 12
BUS 972 Research Dissemination and Impact 12

DBA students will also enrol in the part-time thesis subject.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12

PLEASE NOTE: Not all subjects are offered at all locations, and subject and session offerings may change prior to the commencement of session. Students are advised to check the latest information available on the Subject Database by clicking the subject codes above.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Sydney Business School is the graduate school of the Faculty of Business at University of Wollongong. Our courses are delivered from campuses located in the Sydney CBD at Circular Quay in Sydney and Wollongong. They are designed for individuals seeking to expand their expertise, build their professional excellence or enhance their leadership capabilities.

Our postgraduate programs are: informed by research, structured on applied outcomes, recognised by industry, delivered by highly qualified and industry-experienced academics and supported through additional specialised student learning and development resources.

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