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

Academic Requirements

This program is not available to international applicants.

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 


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
On Campus

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer



75th percentile rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



25th percentile rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


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 2016.


2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study



Vocational education & training study



Recent secondary education

Basis of admission




ATAR plus additional criteria



Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



Work & life experience



International 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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


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

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 (TBC)
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Doctor of Business Administration will be able to:

  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. 

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 Session(s)
Core Subjects
BUS 996Introduction to Research and Research Methods12Not on offer in 2017
BUS 997Literature Review12Not on offer in 2017
BUS 993Applied Data Analysis12Not on offer in 2017
BUS 972Research Dissemination and Impact12Not on offer in 2017

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

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring

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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