The DBA Programme is delivered in 3 parts through a series of lecture seminars, consultancy, training and independent study.


Part I: Theoretical Updating (18 units)

Seminar in: i. Management Control and Decision Making ii. Human Capital Transformation iii. Financial Decision Making iv. Managing Technology and Decision Making v. Marketing and Global Business vi. Trend and Foresights in Business Strategy


Part II: Knowledge Dissemination and Generation (21 units)

This part is divided into 2 components: i. Dissemination of knowledge: The Consultation and Training Course (15 units) requires the candidate to conduct consultancy and training in a chosen field. This course is completed in 2 semesters. ii. Generation of knowledge The Research Methodology course (6 units) requires the candidate to update knowledge in research methodology, statistical techniques and statistical software packages. The candidate needs to prepare a research proposal, which will serve as the basis for the dissertation in Part III. This course is completed in two semesters.


Part III: Dissertation (42 units)

This is the part where candidates are supervised through the process of a dissertation and upon completion, are examined viva voce. This course is completed in 3 semesters.

Contact Info

Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 USM
Pulau Pinang
Tel: +604-6532794 Fax: +604-6532792 E-Mail:
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