Doctor of Business Administration (C9C)

Overview  2023

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This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Doctor of Business Administration is a professional doctorate consisting of a rigorous program of advanced study and research, designed specifically to meet the needs of management professionals  on issues of contemporary professional management practice.   It is designed to enable participants to pursue higher degree research within the context of their role in the workplace and to receive academic support and recognition.

The course normally takes up to three years of full time equivalent (EFT)* and consists of coursework components and;

  • either a supervised research project and completion of a thesis, circa 50-60,000 words, written in English,
  • or a portfolio of published papers and a substantial integrated overview of the research, 50-60,000 words, written in English.

This award is independently assessed by a minimum of two examiners external to the University on the successful completion of the dissertation or portfolio of published papers and coursework components.

The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.

The research topic will reflect the interests of the candidate, their workplace and the expertise of their supervisors.  To find an expert in your field of interest, see the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

To apply, see the Graduate Research site: for application information.

* A full time workload refers to a loading of 1.0, or an equivalent part time loading of 0.5

The Doctor of Business Administration will provide management professionals with the opportunity to make a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in their professional context and may formalise workplace-based research and development. Its interdisciplinary nature and opportunity for inter-professional research provides a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly enquiry.

The course aims to develop the managerial competencies of candidates by equipping them with the ability to evaluate different conceptual approaches to management issues in the context of their own experience and workplace.

Candidates will acquire advanced specialist research training and provide evidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication and expert knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in the international context.

At the University of Tasmania candidates are encouraged to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research and are supported in their acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.

Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy to meet its Generic Attributes.

Through the provision of research-focused coursework and a substantial dissertation, candidates will deepen their knowledge of specific areas of management theory and practice, identify problems and formulate strategies to address these problems. Through the course of study candidates will develop:
a critical awareness of the nature and practice of research in professional contexts in the field of health services management;

  • the skills necessary to evaluate critically research directly related to management practice;
  • knowledge of research methodologies and skills in research design, data preparation and analysis;
  • knowledge, skills and experience to operate as practitioner-researchers in a management context thereby

enhancing their ability to address high level management problems and opportunities creatively, strategically and within a framework of societal values.

Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a DBA to meet its Generic Attributes.

Career outcomes

The DBA is designed for managers who wish to prepare for a leadership role in the private or public sectors. Successful completion of the DBA provides graduates with a substantial background in relevant management theory, research and practice that should enhance their ability to plan and manage successfully in an increasingly complex and turbulent national and international environment, and within a framework of societal values.

Course structure

Entry requirements

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

If you’d like to find out more about what scholarships you might be eligible for, you can take a look our research degree scholarships. You can even apply for multiple scholarships in one easy application.

Further information

Detailed fee information for these courses is available at our research degrees page.

International students

2023 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $35,028 AUD.

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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