in collaboration with Pole Paris Alternance (PPA)-France 

DBA-Doctor of Business Administration

Programme Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a specialised professional qualification that integrates professional practice in business and industry with academic knowledge
This programme seeks to admit business leaders, senior management and rising managers who are motivated to go through formal doctoral training to solve the business problems of their organizations
Experienced practitioners could also choose to make a switch to academia or take up affiliate faculty positions at academic institutions
The DBA programme primarily focuses on theories and methodologies related to research and practice, breadth and depth of study, processes as well as best practices in business management environments. Students of this programme will develop business acumens while at the same time, enhance their overall management capabilities.

DBA Programme Facts

  • Awarding Body: Pole Paris Alternance (PPA)-France View PPA France Website
  • Study Duration: Min 36 months - Max 60 months
  • Assessment: Assignment, Thesis

What is it?

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the ultimate degree in the field of Business Administration, with only a very small percentage of business professionals ever achieving this level of success
It is a specialist professional qualification that unites professional practice in business and industry with academic knowledge
DBA professionals are an elite group, recognised as leaders of their own organisation, and attractive to those others who seek to appoint at the highest level of management.

Why should I study for a DBA?

The MBA is now ubiquitous. The DBA, which is the highest level of academic qualification attainable in business, separates you from the rest
The doctoral degree represents a common currency of excellence globally and is recognised as the highest academic qualification achievable. Companies know that the DBA has given you research, critical thinking, strategic thinking and quantitative evaluation skills which are invaluable for their organisation
Governments, funding bodies and policymakers are increasingly aware of the high profile given to doctoral degrees and to the added value accrued to individual organisations.

What will it do for me?

The DBA is a modern state-of-the-art educational framework. Upon completion of the DBA program, you will be ready to advance your international business career prospects because:

● Having a DBA on the CV is difficult to ignore - the qualification demonstrates the ability to conduct advanced social science in business environments
● The achievement demonstrates that you have the capacity for successful independent learning, complex problem solving, versatility, perseverance, dedication, commitment to excellence and a capacity to ‘go the extra mile’

Having the DBA shows that you can:

● Confidently conduct professional research
● Publish scholarly papers
● Add influential and pivotal value to employing organisations
● Undertake critical organisational management decisions based on well organised research practice

What will I do?

● Comprehensive Research Methodology Course (critical analysis; literature review; publishing your work; quantitative, qualitative & mixed methods methodology; survey design & analysis; reflection; ethical approval and your Detailed Research Proposal).
● Fieldwork (in your own organisation)
● Thesis
● Viva voce examination

Do I get help?

Your study will be supervised throughout by internationally recognised academics. Your main supervisor is a fellow at the University of Oxford.

What will I achieve?

Once your work has been reviewed and accepted by the awarding institution (PPA-Paris) and you have passed the viva voce examination, you will be entitled to use the title ‘Doctor’.

Our Lecturers


Dr William Chua

Principal of Mantissa College

PhD from MMU, MBA from Brunel University / Henley Management College 1995, BSc in Maths & Education. Prof Dr William Chua has taught in MBA and Doctorate Programme with over 30 years of experiences


Professor Dr Ian Mackechnie

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D from Bulacan State University, Master of Commerce from the University of Southern Queensland, BA (Hons) from Charles Sturt University. Prof Ian Mackechnie has taught in MBA and Doctorate Programmes with over 20 years of experience

Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis

Professor Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis

Director of Studies, PPA DBA

Professor Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis is the Director of Studies, DBA PPA Programme. She is an Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford, UK, where she also gained her Master, PhD

Programme Structure

Thesis Component

1) DBA 8109-Research Design and Methodology

2) DBA 8110-Advanced Statistics for Graduate Study

3) DBA 8201-Thesis (50,000 words) / Viva Voce

DBA Entry Requirements


Entry Requirements

For Malaysian and International Students:

1) You will need a good Master’s degree from a recognised body 

2) You will need a good CV, of at least four years of managerial experience involving responsibility for strategic issues. You may alternatively be considered on the basis of your alternative academic qualifications, managerial experience or prior professional knowledge & experience.

3) Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must provide evidence of their proficiency in the language. We require at least the equivalent of IELTS Level 7.0.