This programme educates senior executives to be "scholar-leaders" who apply research findings in solving real-world management problems. It integrates academic study and management practice to form a significant part of the students' business careers.

  • Broaden, update, and deepen students’ knowledge of business administration in general;
  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of a specialist area; and
  • Sharpen students’ ability to conduct original applied research and ethical awareness in business administration


Mode and Duration

PolyU DBA is a part-time, credit-based programme. Students are required to complete 51 credits including 8 taught subjects (a total of 24 credits), 2 DBA Residentials (1 credit for Residential 1 and 2 credits for Residential 2) and a DBA Thesis (8 credits for Thesis I and 16 credits for Thesis II).

The normal duration is 3 years with a maximum of 6 years.

There is a possible exit award of Master of Science in Management Research Studies for students who have completed the 8 taught subjects, 2 DBA Residentials, and passed DBA Thesis I (thesis proposal presentation) (a total of 35 credits).