Doctor of Business Administration

MQA Code: FA6239


The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a programme based on coursework and scientific research activities. It aims at improving the students’ business and managerial practices by developing the students’ personal, intellectual and academic skills.

In line with the university’s vision and mission, the DBA programme integrates both Islamic and conventional perspectives that are at par with other international doctoral programmes in Business Administration.

The IIUM DBA is designed for those with managerial experience who wish to upgrade their profession through a deeper understanding of management and business administration derived from intensive study and research. This DBA programme provides such experience and prepares students for senior managerial positions.

Admission Requirements

A relevant Master’s degree with good grades from IIUM or other accredited institutions of higher learning; or other certificates that are recognised as equivalent to a Master’s degree that is recognised by the Senate of the University and preferably, at least 2 years of relevant working experience, 2 referee reports and a resume/CV.



Required Score

IELTS – Academic Version (General version is not accepted) 6.0 overall
TOEFL – Paper 550 overall
TOEFL – Computer 213 overall
TOEFL – Internet 79 overall

Course Length & Mode

  •  Part-time: 3 years (Maximum 8 years)
  • There are two components to the DBA programme – a) coursework (12 subjects) and b) consultancy and dissertation.
  • There are three semesters in a year. Each trimester will comprise 16 weeks.
  • Classes will be conducted on weekday evenings/weekends.
  • Students are expected to take three subjects per trimester.


The coursework component of the programme comprises 12 subjects. Candidates will be evaluated through individual and/or group assignments, quizzes, presentations, mid-term tests and final semester examinations and must achieve a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 or better.

  • ACC 7110  Advanced Accounting
  • FIN 7110  Advanced Finance
  • MGT 7110  Leadership in Organization
  • MGT 7120  Corporate Governance, Government & Society
  • ECON 7110  Advanced Economics & Issues
  • MGT 7130  Advanced Business Strategies & Crisis Management
  • MGT 7311  Advanced Management Science
  • MKTG 7110  Advanced Marketing
  • INFO 7110  IT Policies & Issues
  • MGT 7310  Advanced Statistical & Multivariate Methods
  • MGT 7312  Qualitative & Case Research Methodologies
  • MGT 7313  Quantitative Research Methodologies
  • *MGT 7550  Comprehensive Examination

*All DBA students are required to sit for the Comprehensive Examination as partial fulfilment of their degree. This is required before they are allowed to register for research work. The Comprehensive Examination is a assesses a student’s knowledge and critical thinking in the field of business administration.

Consultancy Management

Using action research methodology, candidates are expected to apply knowledge acquired in the courses to develop client and management intervention for organisations of their choice.


A doctoral candidate is required to prepare and submit research work that constitutes an original contribution to a relevant knowledge area. Upon completion, candidates will defend their research work before an academic committee for final endorsement.

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