Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Our DBA programme brings together future leaders in the public or private sectors to gain new knowledge, sharpen their intellectual and managerial skills and reflect on their past professional and personal experience. It is a three-year programme that is specifically designed to provide a rich learning experience for professionals who aspire to pursue a terminal academic qualification which is highly professionally geared and relevant. Students will have the opportunity not only to contribute to management theory but also they will be able to contribute to the advanced professional practice and development of professional knowledge.


Programme Structure

DBA programme offered by OYAGSB is a mixed-mode curriculum which educate doctoral student via the use of business case studies, simulation, lectures, research, consultation project and consist of business related area of dissertation. Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is offered by coursework and dissertation with 82 credit hours which comprises the following:

Component 1

15 credit hours in business field courses;

Course Code      Course                                                                                             Credit Hour

          BDHS7013     Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness 3
          BDAK8033      Accounting Practice and Regulation   3
          BDFM8013      Corporate Financial Strategy   3
          BDMF8013      Global Economic and Business Issues  3
          BDMM8033      Global Strategic Marketing & Competitive Analysis  3
      Total   15

9 credit hours in research method courses;

Course Code      Course                                                                                             Credit Hour

         BDMR8013           Business Research and Methodology                                          3
         BDMR8053           Data Analysis                                         3 
         BDMI 8013           Research Proposal Construction                                         3
            Total                                         9


6 credit hours of elective courses;

         Course Code       Course                                                                                            Credit Hour

                                            Elective I                                                                                                     3
                                            Elective II                                                                                                    3
                                            Total                                                                                                    6

Elective Subjects:

1. Contemporary Issues in Marketing
2. Strategic Human Resource Management
3. Business Negotiations
4. Organizational Change Management
5. Seminar in Corporate Entrepreneurship
6. Managing Strategy and Innovation
7. Seminar in International Business
8. Seminar in Business and Sustainability

Component 2:
Business Consultation (3 credit hours)

Component 3:
Dissertation (49 credit hours)

Duration for dissertation varies. The dissertation process includes preparing a research proposal with the guidance of a supervisor, defending the proposal, collecting data upon passing proposal defense, analysing the data, writing the dissertation and defending the dissertation in a VIVA defense in front of a panel consisting of an external and an internal examiner.



     Contact: Professor Dr Nor Azila Mohd Noor
     Phone: +60 4 928 7108
     Email: azila@uum.edu.my


Entry Requirements

  1. A  master’s  degree  from  Universiti  Utara  Malaysia  or  any  other  institutions  of  higher  learning  recognised  by  the  University  or  any  other  equivalent  qualifications  recognised  by  the  University;
  2. Have  a  minimum  of  five  (5)  years  of  work  experience  relevant  to the  chosen  area  of  specialisation;  and
  3. Fulfilthe  English  language  requirement. OR
  4. Senior  Managers  with  a  bachelor’s  degree  from  any  institutions  of  higher  learning  recognised  by  the  University  with  at  least  ten  (10)  years  of  relevant  work  experience  and  passed  the  Accreditation  of  Prior  Experiential  Learning  (APEL)  (Level  8).

Financial Requirement

  1. For sponsored applicant : Letter of Undertaking
  2. For self sponsored :
    1. ASEAN countries: Minimum balance of USD2,500.00 in own account
    2. Non ASEAN countries : Minimum balance of USD5,000.00 in own account

If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact us via phone or email. (+604-928 7111/7120/7121 or oyagsb@uum.edu.my)

All International postgraduate students should meet any one of the following English Language requirements set by the University before they are accepted for admission.

For direct admission, International Postgraduate Students must have obtained one of the following: 

  1. 550 in the TOEFL Paper Based Test; OR
  2. 80 in the TOEFL Internet Based Test; OR
  3. Band 6.0 in the IELTS; OR
  4. A degree from any Public University in Malaysia with English as a language of instruction; OR
  5. A degree from any of the countries below where English is the language of instruction in their educational system.

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.

Each application should enclose proof of payment of processing fee :

MYR100.00 (for local applicant); OR
MYR125.00 @ USD35.00* (for applicant from ASEAN Country); OR
MYR175.00 @ USD50.00* (for applicant from Non ASEAN Country).

*Payment in USD is only applicable for payment made from outside Malaysia

Payment can be made by the following methods :

  1. At UUM payment counter; OR
  2. Online payment in favour of Universiti Utara Malaysia
    at https://e-com.uum.edu.my/ OR
  3. At any Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB) branch. Specify payee code 340 in the column “Pay For” on the Bill Payment Slip; OR
  4. Through Telegraph Transfer for payment from outside Malaysia :

    Universiti Utara Malaysia

    Bank Name
    Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

    Account Number
    0209 - 3010 - 0000 - 10

    Bank Branch / Address
    Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB)
    UUM Branch,
    Universiti Utara Malaysia
    06010 Sintok, Kedah

    Swift Code

    Bank Tel. No.
    04 - 928 2650 / 2651 / 2652

Fee Structure

1. Coursework: 33 credit hours X RM 900 = RM29, 700
2. Dissertation = RM 4, 800 per semester. Students are required to pay this amount each semester in the duration of his/her dissertation
3. Non-Recurring fee (Registration) : RM 550.00
4. Recurring Fee (Service charges) : RM 150.00 / semester


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The cost of higher education is increasing, either due to inflation or other economic factors. As such, with the increasing cost of education and the demand of higher education, education scholarships and study loans becomes an essential.

For Local Students

  1. MyBRAIN15 (MyPh.D/ MyMASTER/ Ph.D Industry) under the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE). 
  2. National Science Fellowship (NSF) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia (MOSTI).
  3. PTPTN under Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional, Malaysia. 

For International Students

  1. Malaysia International Scholarship under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Malaysia.
  2. Commonwealth Scholarship And Fellowship Plan (CSFP) Tenable In Malaysia under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Malaysia, for students from the Commonwealth Countries. 

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Apply only to students registered in UUM Sintok. Service Fee for students registered in OYAGSB Kuala Lumpur is RM150 per semester (local student) / RM 317 per semester (International student).

** Students are required to complete their dissertations within a minimum period of 5 semesters (after the completion of coursework). Additional charges of RM4,900 per semester (local student) / RM5,880 per semester (international student) will be imposed for the  6thdissertation semester and onwards.

*** Estimated fees is subject to change.



Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB)
Universiti Utara Malaysia
06010 UUM Sintok
Kedah Darul Aman Malaysia
TEL: +604 928 7130/7113/7120/7121
FAX: +604 928 7160
EMAIL: oyagsb@uum.edu.my

Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB)
Universiti Utara Malaysia (Kampus Kuala Lumpur)
27-1B Tingkat 1, Wisma Sri Muda (UUMKL Menara 2)
Jalan Raja Muda Abd Aziz, Kampung Baru
50300 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
TEL: +604-928 7192/7194

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