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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at IBA in University of Dhaka

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at IBA in University of Dhaka

Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Dhaka University has invited application for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) of Institute of Business Administration (IBA) first ever in Bangladesh.

Application Procedure: The application form and a brochure are available at the office of dean, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka from 10.00am to 6.00pm till 31.03.2014 on payment of tk=2,000/- (non-refundable)

The application submitting dead line on 31st March 2014.

Details circular of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at IBA in University of Dhaka are given below:

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program

Courses of Studies

Extraordinary changes in the global business environment are challenging management schools across continents. Management education must impart the skills required to respond to technological changes, the information revolution, global competition, and constant shifts in political and social environments. Many of the management models adopted by business are outdated, and call for innovative ideas rooted in solid academic research.

As the global information economy evolves, organizations are becoming increasingly complex, and innovative organizational models and practices have become crucial to successfully addressing this complexity. Consequently, leadership in this environment requires higher, more sophisticated levels of knowledge and skills. The DBA program is designed to serve these needs by providing doctoral-level education to professional practitioners in business and management.

Objectives of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program

The prime objective of the DBA program is to produce graduates who can contribute to the advancement of their professions and to the expansion of knowledge relating to the current theories, practices, and issues in business and management. The DBA degree will:

    • Provide a high-quality professional doctorate in the area of business administration and related areas.
    • Extend the knowledge, expertise and skill of students through the application of research to business problems and issues.
    • Facilitate in-depth study of particular aspects of business administration.
    • Provide access to the latest academic theories, concepts and techniques.
    • Provide experience in the design and implementation of research in the broad field of business administration.
    • Develop the candidate’s ability to carry out independent research at an advanced level, together with their analytical and written communication skills.
    • To make a significant contribution to knowledge and/or to the understanding of one or more aspects of business administration through the research component of the degree.

DBA versus PhD

Ph. D Program

DBA Program

1.A theory research (knowledge based) 1.A policy research (Need based)
2. Open to teachers or academically-oriented persons. 2. Open to experienced managers and business consultants.
3. Entry qualifications:

  • Masters degree from different disciplines.
  • Preferably Teaching experience.
3.Entry qualifications:

  • MBA or EMBA.
  • Other Masters degree subject to the completion of specified MBA-level required courses.
  • Managerial experience.
  • Candidates who have completed the PhD program can use the title Doctor or suffix PhD can be used.
4. Candidates who have completed the DBA program can use the title Doctor. However, the suffix PhD cannot be used, but rather DBA.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Course Plan





Course Work**

Foundation Course: 1 @ 3 credits



Core Research Methods Courses: 4 @ 3 credits each



Courses in an Appropriate Discipline: 2@3credits each


Major Courses: 5 @ 3 credits each


Sub Total


Dissertation Work

Research Phase 1: Topic Selection and Literature Review



Research Phase 2: Proposal Writing


Research Phase 3:
Data Collection, Presentation and Analysis


Research Phase 4: Thesis and Seminars


Sub Total






*See section 10 for course details
** Must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 to start the dissertation work.

Time Frame

The DBA program is designed for an average time span of 4 years (8 semesters). The break up is shown below:
1. Course Work: 36 credits @ 9 credits per semester = 4 semesters (2 years)
2. Dissertation work: 36 credits = 4 semesters (2 years)
A student may be given a maximum of 14 semesters (7 years) to complete his/her degree failing which special permission is to be taken from the Academic Council of the university.

6.0 Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 5 years’ work experience, of which at least 2 years’ experience in senior management/administrative/consulting position.
  • MBA/EMBA from recognised academic institutions with minimum CGPA 3.0 (in a 4 point scale)/ or its equivalent in academic records.
  • Three letters of recommendation (including one from CEO/head of organizations) supporting the candidate’s application and research work.
  • A write-up on proposed research theme (i/c, Issue, research questions, objectives, hypotheses, rationale, scopes and limitations, methodology, etc.).

7.0 Selection Process

The selection to the program will be based on several criteria such as academic qualifications, experience, professional accomplishments, level of responsibility of the applicant and statement of purpose. Initially a written assessment followed by interview will be taken place before the final selection is made by DBA committee. The selected applicants will be informed at least one month prior to start of the program.

7.0 Degree Requirements

  • Successfully defending the thesis to the Committee members (see section 9)
  • Thesis acceptance by the external recommended by the committee.
  • Two publications from the thesis in recognized business journals

Dissertation Committee

The dissertation committee consists of three examiners of who one shall be the Supervisor and the other two members from outside this university including universities from abroad.
Details about  Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)  from DBA Program Office, IBA or can be downloaded from IBA website (iba-du.edu).



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