Doctor of Business Administration

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Kuala Lumpur
Minimum 3 years
Study Field

About Doctor of Business Administration

The HELP Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree seeks to prepare discerning individuals who are committed to personal, professional and organizational growth. It is offered through a blend of taught subjects, workshops/seminars and supervised research. It is designed to make a contribution to the enhancement of trans-disciplinary professional practice in business management disciplines, in addition to a contribution to knowledge via the development and application of theoretical frameworks, methods, and techniques within the context of practice to address real-world business issues.

Students will not only be able to bring new and relevant scholarship to bear on new business and management issues, but they can also create, apply, integrate and present scholarly research to both academic and non-academic audiences and adopt innovative solutions to business problems and opportunities.

The HELP DBA is accredited by Chartered Management Institute, UK (CMI) which offers students a second professional qualification - Level 8 Qualification in Strategic Direction and Leadership after they complete the DBA.

A dual accredited DBA not only advances learners’ professional career but also elevates their credential to pursue consulting opportunities and a career in academia. HELP DBA is the only DBA accredited with the highest level 8 CMI qualification in Asia. With the CMI accredited HELP DBA learners can fast track into their next stage to become Chartered Managers, (CMgr).

Course Structure

  • Phase I – 10 taught subjects; students complete each of the subject in a 6-week cycle, eight core subjects that spans numerous business disciplines and two research methodology subjects, and;
  • Phase II – Dissertation; students are required to complete a supervised dissertation, defend their research proposal and sit for the final oral defence to graduate.


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Entry Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in business or management or related or professional disciplines from a recognised university, preferably with adequate relevant experience in business and industry.
  • International applicants are required to fulfil a minimum score of 6.0 for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the equivalent.

Intake Date

Throughout the year

Brochure / Information Request

Ms Emily Chin

+603 2716 2000 ext. 2220