Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

The DBA is intended to provide further preparation and skills for senior working professionals to complete applied research and to elevate their career development. Both educational qualifications and substantial work experience are taken into consideration for admission to the DBA program.

Program Structure

Student testimonials on the flexible Doctoral programs option

The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) is intended to provide further preparation and skills for working professionals to reenter industry upon graduation. Both educational qualifications and work experience are taken into consideration for admission to the DBA program.

  • The DBA program is offered in five terms:​

    • ​​​January, March, June, August, and October

    • Students may begin their programs during any of the five terms.

  • The DBA is a flexible program. Students can complete their studies within 3 to 5 years, depending on their study plan.

  • ​The DBA Program is delivered on weekends in the School of Management Asoke Campus.

  • Total of 84 credits consist of 21 credits of course work, 3 credits of special study, and 60 credits dissertation

DBA Degree Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 21 credits coursework with a minimum cGPA of 3.50. For DBA students who previously completed the MBA or equivalent Master Degree may apply for “Transfer of Credits” for up to 9 credits of relevant coursework. However, these credits should meet AIT criteria for credits transfer (e.g., equivalent to graduate courses at AIT, completed within the last five years). Transfer of credits for the DBA program is done through ‘Credit by Examination.”

  • Complete a Special Study (SS) of 3 credits.

  • Pass your advancement to candidacy (ATC).

  • Complete a doctoral dissertation (60 credits). Once you have completed all of the course and dissertation credit requirements, you will no longer need to register. You will need to enroll, however, each term until you graduate.

  • Defend the dissertation at an oral examination.

  • Obtain a satisfactory evaluation of the dissertation from the External Examiner.

DBA Program Committee

  • The chairperson (supervisor) will work with the student to form the student’s Ph.D. research committee within the first 5 terms.

  • The committee should consist of a minimum of three members, including the supervisor, who will be its chairperson. One member should be from outside the academic program or school. In cases in which the committee is comprised of two co-chairpersons, the committee should have at least two additional committee members.

Entry Requirements
  1. Completion of online DBA application.

  2. Completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution with strong academic records and submission of academic transcript and certificate of degree. A master’s degree from a recognized institution prior to entry to the DBA is preferred. However, if one does not have a master’s degree prior to entry to the DBA, eligibility will be based on their professional experience and equivalent qualifications.

  3. It is recognized there is variation among grading systems in regions of the world. There is a minimum of 2.75/4.0 GPA from undergraduate degree (no candidates will be admitted below this minimum) required for the DBA.

  4. Five years of prior work experience is preferred. We expect most DBA candidates will enter with at least five years of work experience but some highly qualified DBA candidates may enter with fewer. And we expect most DBAs, in fact, will be accumulating additional work experience while in the program.

  5. One Letter of Recommendation is required prior to enrolment. Candidates may submit either the one-page standard recommendation form. Alternatively, the referee may write a letter and send it to the Admissions Office by email.

  6. All candidates must have evidence of English proficiency (please see the English requirements).

English Requirements
  • The minimum requirement for doctoral applicants is 5.5 (minimum entry requirement).

  •  As a requirement for graduation, students must attain a score of 6.0 on the AIT English Writing or must successfully complete EL19.

Exemption: Applicants who are citizens of and have been educated in an English-speaking country (e.g., Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA) are exempted from score submission. Proof of citizenship and studies must be submitted.

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Also, you may want to visit AIT English Language: AIT’s Language Center 

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