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Doctor of Business Administration

The DBA program at Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB) is a program that brings together future leaders of the public or private sectors. It is a three-year program that is specifically designed to provide a rich learning experience for professionals who aspires to pursue a postgraduate qualification. Being part of the DBA program at OYAGSB means that students will have the opportunity to not only contribute to both the theory and practice of business and management, but also will be able to develop professional practice and contribute to professional knowledge.

Program Aims and Learning Outcomes

OYAGSB's DBA program provides an alternative for professionals to pursue a postgraduate qualification other than doing a PhD. The program aims at producing graduates who are capable of generating and disseminating new knowledge, as well as responding to changing business environment and the interest of stakeholders. Hence, once students completed the program, they will be able to:

  1. Engage in intellectual discourse on business and management issues.
  2. Review, communicate and apply appropriate theories in professional practice.
  3. Evaluate problems and develop solutions in the field of business and management.
  4. Disseminate new ideas and findings from research to the business, and academic communities, as well as the society in general.
  5. Share ideas and experience with not only their colleagues and work teams, but also other practitioners and academicians from a wide range of backgrounds, countries, organizations and disciplines.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism and compliance to ethical standards in executing their accountabilities and responsibilities.
  7. Contribute to body of knowledge that is of theoretical and practical significance by research.
  8. Perform effectively as a manager by exhibiting innovativeness, good judgment, and decision; as well as providing direction for their subordinates.
  9. Perform effectively as a leader in the context of an organization or the society as a whole.

Download DBA Programme Information.

Applicants for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme must possess:

  1. a master's degree from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate or any other equivalent qualifications recognised by the University Senate; and
  2. have a minimum of five (5) years of work experience relevant to the chosen area of specialisation; and
  3. fulfil the English language requirement as set by the University Senate.

Note:

  1. Student admission is subjected to the fulfilment of specific requirements set by the respective Graduate Schools and programmes.
  2. 0.05 point will be added to the current CGPA for each year of relevant work experience, if the Postgraduate Committee believes that the candidates have the potential to be admitted. The adjusted CGPA should not, however, exceed the total CGPA of 3.75.

International applicants should meet any one of the following English requirements before they are accepted for admission into the programmes. Students must obtain:

  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.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
(Effective to students who enroll in First Semester A161 2016/2017)

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is offered by coursework and dissertation with 82 credit hours which comprises the following:

DBA PROGRAM STRUCTURE
COURSE CODE COURSE
Business Fields (15 credit hours)
BDHS7013 Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness
BDAK8033 Accounting Practice and Regulation
BDMM8033 Global Strategic Marketing and Competitive Analysis
BDFM8013 Corporate Financial Strategy
BDMF8013 Global Economic and Business Issues
Research Method (9 credit hours)
BDMR8013 Business Research and Methodology (students must pass this course as a pre-requisite before being allowed to register for BDMI8013 - Research Proposal Construction)
BDMR8053 Data Analysis
BDMI8013 Research Proposal Construction
Business Electives (6 credit hours) – choose any two (2) courses from the following:
BDMM8043 Contemporary Issues in Marketing
BDMH8013 Strategic Human Resource Management
BDMH8023 Business Negotiations
BDMN8033 Organizational Change Management
BDME8033 Seminar in Corporate Entrepreneurship
BDMN8043 Managing Strategy and Innovation
BDMF8043 Seminar in International Business
BDMF8053 Seminar in Business and Sustainability
Consultation (3 credit hours)
BDMX8023 Business Consultation
Dissertation (49 credit hours)
BDMZ8049 Dissertation
  82 Credit Hours

Students are also required to:

1) Present their research work at colloquiums arranged by Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business;
2) Defend their research proposals successfully to a committee;
3) Produce at least one (1) article by choosing either Option A or Option B, before viva voce:

Option A
Publish at least one (1) case study OR;

Option B
Publish at least one (1) article, which is published in a referred journal/professional business magazine (example: Malaysian Business, Marketeers, Accounts Today, The Asian Banker, HRM Asia, INSURANCE)

Study Plan For DBA Program

Full Time Mode: UUM-SINTOK (Main Campus)                                              2 Semester System (September and February)

Semester 1 (12 credit hours)
Code Courses Credit Hours
BDHS7013 Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness 3
BDAK8033 Accounting Practice and Regulation 3
BDMR8013 Business Research and Methodology 3
BDMF8013 Global Economic and Business Issues 3
  Total 12
     
Semester 2 (12 credit hours)
BDFM8013 Corporate Financial Strategy 3
BDMR8023 Data Analysis 3
BDMM8033 Global Strategic Marketing & Competitive Analysis 3
  Elective l 3
  Total 12
     
Semester 3 (9 credit hours)
BDMI8013 Research Proposal Construction 3
BDMX8023 Business Consultation 3
  Elective II 3
  Total 9
     
Semester 4 - Semester 10 (49 credit hours)
BDMZ8049  Dissertation 49
   Total 49

 

Study Plan For DBA Program

Part Time Mode: UUM-SINTOK (Main Campus)                                             2 Semester System (September and February)

Semester 1 (9 credit hours)
Code Courses Credit Hours
BDHS7013 Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness 3
BDAK8033 Accounting Practice and Regulation 3
BDMR8013 Business Research and Methodology 3
  Total 9
     
Semester 2 (9 credit hours)
BDMF8013 Global Economic and Business Issues 3
BDMR8053 Data Analysis 3
BDMM8033 Global Strategic Marketing & Competitive Analysis 3
  Total 9
     
Semester 3 (9 credit hours)
BDFM8013 Corporate Financial Strategy 3
BDMI8013 Research Proposal Construction 3
  Elective I 3
  Total 9
     
Semester 4 (6 credit hours)
BDMX8023 Business Consultation 3
  Elective II 3
  Total 6
     
Semester 5 - Semester 14 (49 credit hours)
BDMZ8049  Dissertation 49
   Total 49

 

Study Plan For DBA Program

Part Time Mode: UUM-KL (UUM City Campus)                                                 3 Semester System (January, May & September)

Semester 1 (6 credit hours)
Code Courses Credit Hours
BDHS7013 Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness 3
BDAK8033 Accounting Practice and Regulation 3
  Total 6
     
Semester 2 (6 credit hours)
BDMR8013 Business Research and Methodology 3
BDFM8013 Corporate Financial Strategy 3
  Total 6
     
Semester 3 (6 credit hours)
BDMM8033 Global Strategic Marketing and Competitive Analysis 3
BDMR8053 Data Analysis 3
  Total 6
     
Semester 4 (6 credit hours)
BDMF8013 Global Economic and Business Issues 3
  Elective I 3
  Total 6
     
Semester 5 (6 credit hours)
BDMX8023 Business Consultation 3
  Elective II 3
  Total 6
     
Semester 6 (3 credit hours)
BDMI8013 Research Proposal Construction 3
  Total 3
     
Semester 7 - Semester 21 (49 credit hours)
BDMZ8049  Dissertation 49
   Total 49

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 business disciplines and provide students 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 have more practical application in the managerial settings and also prepare 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 defence 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 Management, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Human Resources, and,  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, and Kuala Lumpur). 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 enjoys 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 higher learning, our 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 obtained 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.

7. Is the UUM DBA accredited?
Our DBA program is accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and we are in the process of getting the accreditation from international  accreditation body such as ACCSB and EQUIS.

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

You may search the course information from the OYAGSB website.

10. What is the UUM DBA program structure?

The UUM DBA is a coursework doctoral program consisting of the following 66 credit hours of study:
 
Part 1: 15 credit hours in business, 12 credit hours in research methodology  and 6 credit hours of elective papers.
Part 2: Consultation (6 credit hours)
Part  3: Dissertation (24 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.

12. What is the admission requirement for DBA program?

  • A Master’s degree recognised by the Senate of the University; or other qualifications recognised by the Senate of the University; and
  • A minimum of five (5) years of work experience relevant to the chosen area of specialization; and
  • Fulfils the English Language requirement as set by the University Senate
  • Senior managers with a bachelor’s degree from any institutions of higher learning recognized by the University Senate and with at least ten (10) years of relevant work experience may be considered for admission.

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

 

NO

     14. 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 are the charges:

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

Full-time  (RM)

Part-time  (RM)

Full-time  (RM)

Full-time  (RM)

Part-time (RM)

Part-time  (RM)

Coursework 425/ch 425/ch 550/ch 600/ch 625/ch 700/ch
Consultation 425/ch 425/ch 550/ch 600/ch 625/ch 700/ch
Dissertation 1800/sem 1800/sem 2400/sem 2760/sem 2400/sem 2880/sem
Thesis Examination (VIVA) 1750 1750 1950 2150 1750 2150

Thesis re-examination (re-viva)

1750 1750 1950 2150 1750 2150
Estimated total fees 27,092.00 26, 966.00 36,240.00 39,260.00 42, 400.00 48,830.00

*ch-credit hour; sem-semester

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

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

  • Be a self-motivated and self-directed learner.
  • Have the time management skills necessary to balance with work, study and family commitments.
  • Have a basic understanding of statistics and its application.
  • Have a strong interest in applied research.
  • Be able to write scholarly papers and publications.
  • Be able to work in groups.
  • Be able to work independently, especially at the dissertation stage.
  • Be able to bring real-world examples to learning.
  • Be able to do presentations.

Therefore, the candidate needs 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 7108) or email tini@uum.edu.my or azila@uum.edu.my today for more information. We look forward to answering all your questions

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