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1. What is DBA?

The DBA is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of key business disciplines, consultations and research methodologies relevant to business. It also aims to develop critical thinking and the ability to apply theoretical understanding and research results to problems. It will develop results to business problems. It will developed advanced research skills and the ability to communicate research outcomes, improves professional practices in a range of bsuiness disciplines and provide studnts with the opportunity to pursue individual research projects.

2. What is the difference between a DBA and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)?

The DBA is a professional doctorate and focuses on managerial relevance, and the application of theory to field-based research. It is designed to advance business and professional management practice, processes and programs, ranging from the management of people to the management of operations and projects. It allows students to develop their ability to conduct empirical research to managerial areas of interest. DBA students therefore has more practical application in the managerial settings and also prepares graduates for academic careers.

PhD is an academic doctorate and focuses on the development of new theory, and prepares candidates to conduct highly specialised scholarly research. Most PhD graduates lead careers as university researchers and professors, or as senior researchers in business or government.

The DBA and PhD are academically equivalent in that both entail a rigorous course of study and typically culminate in the defense of a doctoral dissertation.

3. What is the difference between a DBA and an MBA (Master of Business Administration) program?

The DBA is a logical extension of a graduate management degree such as the MBA . As such, students admitted to the UUM DBA are expected to have graduate level knowledge in traditional management areas such as Accounting, Finance, Economics, Human Resources, Statistics, Marketing etc. The DBA has a stronger research orientation than the MBA and allows a student to study and research one area of interest in-depth.

The MBA on the other hand is designed to equip students with a broad set of business skills, and involves the study of core business school subjects that are transferable to multiple arenas. Typically, it does not involve in-depth research in one area of interest.

4. What does UUM DBA offers?

UUM DBA offers flexibility with units available on our UUM Sintok campus and off campus (Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor). As a DBA candidate, you will be guided by expert supervisors from OYAGSB as you design and conduct your consultation, research and write your dissertation.

You will also be supported by UUM’s extensive online facilities and support services and enjoy flexibility and quality in your DBA study experience.

5. Why should I choose UUM DBA program?

The DBA program in UUM was established in 2005. As an institute of public hugher learning, its mission is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of management in Malaysia. UUM has been dedicated in providing with the management courses, skills and experience it needs to succeed. With the necessary resources, experience and in particular, the support from the community, UUM endeavours to provide a forum where new ideas can be exchanged, where new know-how can be forfered and where new managers can be trained.

6. What can I do with a DBA degree?
The program is designed to enhance the critical thinking and analytical skills. It also provides a huge array of information in the management field. Hence, this can enhance performance in the current organisation or provide a stepping stone toward other career opportunities such as in consulting or academic work.cc

7. Is the UUM DBA accredited?
Our programs are in the process of getting the accreditation from ACCSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

8. How long does it take to finish the program?
The program can be completed in 3 years but more likely in 4 to 5 years. The maximum time allowed is 5 years for full-time student and 7 years for part-time student.

9. What is the UUM DBA program structure?
The UUM DBA is a coursework doctoral program consisting of the following 66 credit hours of study:
Stage 1: 15 credit hours in business, 12 credit hours in research methodology and 6 credit hours of elective papers.
Stage 2: Consulation (6 credit hours)
Stage 3: Dissertation (27 credit hours)

10. Is there any assessment or test for the DBA courses?

Your study will be assessed by continuous assessment throughout the course and an examination will be held at the end of the course.

11. How can I get more information about the course details?

You may search the course information from the OYAGSB website.

12. What is the admission requirement for DBA program?

  1. A Master’s degree recognised by the Senate of the University; or other qualifications recognised by the Senate of the University; and
  2. A minimum of five (5) years of work experience relevant to the chosen area of specialization, or a good score on the Graduate management Admission test (GMAT); and
  3. Fulfills the English Language requirement.

13. What are the fees for DBA credit hours?

Fees are paid on a credit hours basis. This applies to coursework as well as consultation and dissertation credit hours. Below is the charges:

Fee UUM Sintok   UUM & Off-campus centres
Malaysian ASEAN Non-ASEAN Malaysian Non-Malaysian









Part-time (RM)




425/credit hr.







425/credit hr.













Thesis Examination (VIVA)







Thesis re-examination (reviva)







14. Do you accept any transfer credits from an MBA?


15. Do you accept any transfer credit from another doctoral program?

No. The UUM DBA program is design with students going through the program together.

16. What characteristics do I need to be successful in the DBA program?

In order to be successful in this program, the candidate need to:

  1. Be a self-motivated and self-directed learner.
  2. Have the time management skills necessary to balance with work, study and family commitments.
  3. Have a basic understanding of statistics and its application.
  4. Have a strong interest in applied research.
  5. Have a good grounding in computer basics and a working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software.
  6. Be able to write scholarly papers and publications.
  7. Be able to work in groups.
  8. Be able to work independently, especially at the dissertation stage.
  9. Be able to bring real-world examples to learning.
  10. Be able to do presentations.

Therefore, the candidate need to be psychologically well prepared for the time commitment and the workload.

17. If I have more questions, whom do I contact?

Contact the Office of Admissions of OYAGSB UUM (04-928 7111/04-928 7120) or email tini@uum.edu.my today for more information. We look forward to answering all your questions.

What is a PhD?

A PhD or Doctor of Philosophy is an advanced research degree. A PhD student conducts a major research project that is original within the discipline and presents the results in the form of a thesis. A PhD research is designed to create advanced knowledge. Once completed, the thesis is examined by experts in the field of the research.

:: What are the areas of research or specializations offered by OYAGSB?

Our faculty members are dedicated to research at the frontiers of their fields. Students may choose to concentrate in one of the available fields of study, which among others include Management, Accounting, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Marketing, Technology Management, Operations Management, Entreprenuership, and Human Resource Management. Other specialized fields offered include accounting information systems, Islamic banking and finance, supply chain management, and logistics and transportation.

:: What are the advantages of doing a PhD in OYAGSB?

UUM is the premier Management University in Malaysia and has been a leader in management-related research in this country since its founding in 1984. OYAGSB is the right place for those seeking academic research in the area of business management. More importantly, the intensity of the Research Programme via its systematic Doctoral Training Series and other Research Series demands energy and enthusiasm in the pursuit of greater understanding of the body of knowledge. Such preparation reaches its culmination in the original research presented in a candidate's thesis, and conferral of the Doctor of Philosophy. UUM is also unique compared to its peer institutions. With the college system practiced by UUM, cross-disciplinary study is frequent and encouraged. Regular consultations between students and supervisors are also instrumental in helping the former to map a blueprint for study that reflects a student's unique interests. OYAGSB invites diversity in the scholarly community. This is evidenced by a significant number of research students that have joined the PhD programme from abroad, and a variety of personal and professional backgrounds is also represented. A profile of the candidates can be found in the Research Students Profile section of OYAGSB website.

:: Can I register on a part-time basis?

You may register for a part-time study for all or part of your candidacy. However, due to Immigration Service requirements, international students are not allowed to register as a part-time student.

:: What is the normal duration of a PhD study at OYAGSB?

Full-time students will have to complete their study between 4 to 10 semesters and part-time students shall take 6 to 14 semesters to complete. Where a student is a part-timer for the entire period, the maximum time allowed is seven years. This extended time does not apply if, at any time during the PhD course of study, a student undergoes a full-time basis. Where there is a doubt as to whether you have studied on a full-time or part-time basis, then the matter will be resolved by reference to the record held on the University's student database, which is the official record of the course of study.

:: When is the student intake for the PhD programme?

The student intake is carried out twice a year, that is, in September and March. However, the application for our PhD programme is open all year round.

:: What is the structure of the PhD programme?

OYAGSB provides a structured PhD programme to assist candidates in successfully completing their research. The School continuously conducts research courses, research training series, workshops, colloquiums and symposiums.

Research Courses: Students pursuing the PhD programme are expected to have sufficient research knowledge and skills to enable them to conduct their research. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills are required to register and pass the following two research courses:

  1. SZRZ6014 Research Methodology
  2. SCLE6014 Academic Writing
  3. Any other courses determined by the supervisor or Academic Committe (If any)
Symposiums: To assist students in their PhD research, arranged by the respective schools for students to present their research work. At least one (1) reviewer(s) will be appointed based on their expertise, provide feedback to the students. The students need to present their initial research ideas, research design and instruments to prepare them for data collection and present their research findings to prepare them for final write-ups and the viva.

OYAGSB also organizes a PhD symposium every semester. During this symposiums, a prominent speaker will be invited to give a talk to PhD students, followed by parallel presentations from students who wish to present their research ideas, research instruments or research findings.

:: Do I have to defend my research proposal?

Yes, research students have to defend their research proposal. Students are required to submit a written thesis proposal and defend their proposal to a committee consisting of two reviewers and a chairperson. The proposal shall include a research topic, and discussions on research problems, research objectives, research scope, research significance, literature review, theoretical framework and research methods. Students will be given a pass, a pass with minor corrections, a pass with major corrections, a rescheduled defence, or a fail. A rescheduled defence must be held within six months from the first defence. Full-time (part-time) PhD students should defend their proposal within the first 12 (18) months from the date of admission.

:: What if I can't defend my proposal within the stipulated time? What should I do?

Full-time (part-time) PhD students who do not defend their proposal within the stipulated time may apply for a 6-month (9-month) extension. You are allowed to apply for the second extension of another 6 months (9 months) if you still cannot defend the proposal within the extended time period. Failing to defend the proposal within 24 (36) months, a student will be terminated. If the extension is needed, you should fill up and send the Extension for Proposal Defence form to the Dean of OYAGSB. Download Form (Application for Extension for proposal Defense)

:: How are students examined? Is there an oral examination (viva voce)?

UUM requires PhD students to submit a PhD thesis in fulfilment of the requirements for the PhD degree. In addition, students are required to defend their thesis at a viva voce. Prior to the viva voce, a Thesis Examination Board will be set up when the supervisor (or the Thesis Committee) decides that the candidate is ready to submit the thesis for examination. The Thesis Examination Board comprises of a Chairman, an External Examiner and an Internal Examiner. At the end of the viva voce, students will be given a pass, or a pass with minor revision, or a Conditional Pass with major revision, or a Rescheduled Examination, or a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil), or a fail.

:: What if I can't complete my study within the stipulated time?

If you are enrolled on a full-time basis for a PhD degree, you will be required to complete in a maximum of five years of full-time study. If you are enrolled for a PhD degree on a part-time basis throughout your enrolment, you will be required to complete in a maximum of seven years. An extension of time beyond the maximum may be sought from the OYAGSB Academic Committee. To apply for an extension, you should write a letter asking for an extension of time and stating the reasons for the application. Your request must be accompanied by a supporting statement from your supervisor and should be addressed to the Dean, Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business. Only one specified extension of time is permitted, except for in exceptional circumstances. An extension cannot exceed 12 months, and is unlikely to be granted simply because you are having difficulties meeting deadlines. In an application for an extension you must point to specific, unusual factors that have caused delays. You need to be aware that the absence of your supervisor would not normally be regarded as grounds for an extension. The absence of your supervisor could only be used as grounds for an extension in special unusual circumstances, where the absence is unforeseen, sudden and due to critical circumstances. If your supervisor is to be absent from the campus for a period during a critical phase of your research, you would be advised to approach your supervisor well in advance to discuss the arrangements made to cover his or her absence.

:: Can I defer my study for some reasons?

There are two types of deferment. i. Applicants who have been accepted into a PhD programme but have not registered can opt to defer their registration by sending in a written application to the Dean (OYAGSB). The period of deferment cannot exceed one (1) semester. ii. Students who have registered as a PhD student can request to defer their programme of study by sending a written application to the Dean. However, you will need to set out the circumstances and your case should be supported by your supervisor, and accompanied by evidence of the critical circumstances on which your application is based. Deferment can be allowed for a period of not less than one (1) semester but not exceeding two (2) semesters during the entire duration of your study. The period of deferment will not be computed as part of the period of study.

Download Form (Application for Deferment of Study)

:: What if I can't work or get along with my supervisor? What should I do?

Yes, you have the right to change your supervisor. To apply for a change of a supervisor, you should fill up the "Application for Change of Supervisor" form. Download Form (Application for Change of Supervisor). In the form, you are to set out the reason(s) for the change. Both the releasing and the accepting supervisors have to sign the form, indicating that they agree with the change.

:: What if I want to change to another PhD area of concentration or programme? What should I do?

You are allowed to change the area of concentration or programme only once during his/her study. An application to change the area of concentration/programme must be made within the first two (2) semesters of his/her candidature. An approval for a new area of concentration/programme is effective on the following semester. You must fill up the change of programme form. Application to change an area of concentration/programme must be approved by the Dean (OYAGSB).

:: How much does it cost to do a PhD at OYAGSB?

The total cost of the PhD programme varies by whether the students are locals, or from ASEAN or non-ASEAN countries. For a full-time study duration of three years for example, the estimated total costs are: RM16,826 for a local student, RM23,180 for an ASEAN student, and RM24,970 for a non-ASEAN student. Click here to learn more about the details of the cost.

:: Does UUM provide any financial support such as teaching assistant or graduate assistant?

No, UUM does not provide any financial assistance at the moment. However, international students may apply for a scholarship offered by the Ministry of Higher Education. Please browse the ministry website for details.

:: Does UUM provide in-campus accommodation for international students?

Yes, but the places are very limited. The accommodation fee ranges from RM250/semester for a 4 person/room to RM1200/semester for a university house. Applications for any types of accommodation can be made on the first day of registration. Alternatively, you may rent a house at a nearby town, Changlun, which is about 10 kilometres from UUM. The rental fee ranges from RM350 to RM500 per month.

:: What are the admission requirements to do a PhD at OYAGSB?

Admission into our PhD programme can be granted based on the criteria specified below:

  1. A Master's degree from institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate; OR
  2. A Bachelor's degree with a CGPA of 3.5 or above from institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate; OR
  3. Any other equivalent qualification recognised by the University Senate.
  4. Fulfils the English Language requirements.
  5. Applicants are expected to have sufficient research skills and knowledge as deemed appropriate by the Academic Committee. Students are required to enrol and pass the following two (2) courses:
  1. SZRZ6014 Research Methodology
  2. SCLE6014 Academic Writing
  3. Any other courses determined by the supervisor or Academic Committe (If any)

:: What type of English language requirements do we need to fulfil?

International applicants must have the English language proficiency through one of the following criteria:

  1. Minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    1. 550 in the TOEFL Paper Based Test; or
    2. 213 in the TOEFL Computer Based Test; or
    3. 80 in the TOEFL Internet Based Test; or
  2. Minimum score of 6.0 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  3. A degree from any English Speaking Countries (i.e. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States of America).
  4. A degree from any Country with English Language Education System (i.e. Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Island, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S Virgin Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe); or
  5. A degree from any Local Public Universities, which English is the medium of Instruction.

:: Do we need to submit our intent of study with the application?

Yes, to ensure that a potential candidate is ready for a PhD journey, you are also required to prepare a research proposal between 25 – 30 pages [Font Type: Times New Roman; Font Size: 12; Spacing: Double], which comprise of the followings:

  1. Background of Study, Problem Statement, Research Questions, Research Objectives, and Significance of the Study
  2. Literature Review
  3. Research Framework

:: Do we need to find a supervisor before we apply to do PhD at UUM OYAGSB?

Students pursuing a PhD programme will be guided by one supervisor, or by one main supervisor and a co-supervisor, or a Thesis Committee comprising at least three (3) members. Prior to sending the application, prospective students are advised to search for the supervisor(s), communicate with them and get their approval of becoming a supervisor. Please visit our Directory of Experts to look for potential supervisors. UUM has many experts in various fields who are ready to supervise potential candidates. Send emails to several academic staff you identified form the website. You must complete and submit an application form together with your intent of study and evidence of the supervisor's approval to the Admission Unit, OYAGSB.

:: Is there any other information that I need to know?

Yes, there are several other requirements imposed by UUM especially to the international students.

  1. All international students must have an insurance coverage prior to the registration. The cost of the insurance plan ranges from RM385 – RM600 per student per year depending on the plan chosen by the students. For a family coverage (student, spouse and children), the premium would be in the range of RM685 – RM1500 per family per year. For family members other than described above, they would be required to buy their individual insurance plan from the designated insurance carrier.
  2. International students are also required to pay a student a bond (ranges between RM500 – RM2000 depending on the origin of your country) on the registration day, which will be refunded upon completion of their study.
  3. The Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia has stipulated that all international students should undergo medical examination before they are allowed to register. The charge for medical examination and blood test is RM200.00 per student. If you have the following diseases, you may not be accepted to register as a student: HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Japanese encephalitis, SARS, and Avian Flu.

:: Whom should I contact if I need to know further details about the PhD programme?

You can visit the OYA-GSB website at www.oyagsb.uum.edu.my for more detailed information. Alternatively, you can email us at oya_admission@uum.edu.my, or call us at+6 04-928 7113 or +604-928 7120.

Application: General

How many intakes are there in an academic year?
UUM Sintok Campus (on-campus): Two intakes: February and September
Off- campuses: Three intakes: January, May, and September

Is this programme offered on a full-time or part-time basis?
If you intend to study on-campus, you can do it either on a full-time or a part-time basis. If you do it off-campus, the programme is offered only on a part-time basis.

When is the deadline of my application?
Generally speaking, the deadline of application is three months for local and international applicants, from the date of academic enrollment.

Is this a coursework or by research programme?
Our MBA programme is conducted by coursework. Students are required to complete a total of 42 credit hours or 14 courses throughout their study. The suggested study plan can be referred here.

What is the duration of the study?
The following table shows the minimum and maximum duration of study.

Semester System

Full-time (semester)

Part-time (semester)





Two Semesters/ Academic Session (on-campus)





Three Semesters/ Academic Session (off-campuses)





How many courses can we register in a semester?
The course load in a given semester is shown in the following table.

Mode of study




9 Credit Hours

16 Credit Hours


3 Credit Hours

9 Credit Hours

How much are the tuition fees?
The tuition fees are as follows:


UUM Sintok (on-campus)

Off-Campus Centres



















12, 600

12, 600





Other fees







Total Fees

RM 13,516

RM 13,318

RM 20,410

RM 22,510

RM 17,433

RM 28, 500

Note that these fees are subject to changes. The above figures are true as of September 2011 Intake.

When do the classes meet?

On-campus: Classes are conducted on weekdays and weekends. The weekday classes are generally for full-time students while weekend classes are to cater for working adults. Classes normally start from 9.00 am until 9.00 pm.
Off-campuses: Classes are conducted on weekends, i.e. on Saturdays and Sundays. The classes normally start from 9.00 am until 9.00 pm.

How many subjects do I have to take? Do I have to write a thesis? How are marks allocated?
There are 14 subjects you need to take and you are not required to write a thesis. Marks are allocated based on coursework assignments and final examination. In general, the coursework carries 60% of the total marks allocated. Another 40% is normally allocated for final examination.

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