Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) (R2-DL/340/8/0407) (A9673) (04/26)

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme is a combination of coursework and independant research. It is a high-level business-oriented programme designed for professionals looking to advance their careers and leadership capabilities. Equivalent in status to a PhD, this programme encourages the development of doctoral-level critical thinking, research and decision making skills. Candidates aims to improve modern business practices by applying theory to real business problems and use their dissertation to contribute to new ideas to the field of Business Administration. 



  • The programme is approved by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
  • Curriculum that applies cutting-edge research to practical problems in business and management.
  • Modular type of delivery for the taught courses.
  • Close monitoring by the research support team


For Malaysian & International Students:

  • Master's Degree (MQF 7) as accepted by the AeU Senate.
  • Other equivalent qualifications with Master's degree (MQF Level 7) as accepted by the AeU Senate 

Documents Required

  • A Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • A statement of research intent describing what you have already done and what you hope to accomplish in your doctoral research
  • Completed application form
  • Scanned copies of your degrees and academic transcripts with certified translation in English
  • One scanned copy of your photo (jpeg, colour, with minimum of 1MB size)
  • Proof of English proficiency

English Language Competency Requirements For International Students

  • International students studying on-campus in Malaysia must attain English language competency equivalent to IELTS band score of 6.0 OR its equivalent that complies with the programme standards set by the Malaysian Qualification Agency.
  • International students from countries who have their tertiary education in English shall normally be exempted from the requirement. 


Modes of Study Part Time
  • Fully Online
  • Blended Learning
Duration Minimum of 4 years
No. of Subjects 7
Dissertation Yes
Frequency of Tutorials Once a month on weekends with  tutorials per subject
Grading Assignments 60%
Final Exam 40%
MQA Accreditation A9673
Programme Code (R2-DL/340/8/0407) (A9673) (04/26)
EPF Claimable YES


Upon completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate managerial and leadership qualities by communicationg and working effectively
  • Demonstrate mastery of qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Interpret research findings and recommend solutions using scientific and critical thinking skills
  • Refine theories and concepts in decision making process in the business environment
  • Critiques theories and concepts in business
  • Design appropriate research methods
  • Conduct research with minimal supervision and adhere to legal, ethical and professional practices



Core (28 credits)

  1. Managerial Leadership in Asia
  2. Accounting and Finance for Decision Making
  3. Business Strategy and Policy
  4. International Business
  5. Marketing and Global Business 
  6. New Business Venture
  7. Research Method for Business


Coursework 28 credits
Proposal and proposal defense 10 credits
Research Collaquium before Viva Voce 10 credits
Dissertation and Viva Voce - PASS 32 credits
Viva Voce with corrections, if any  
Total 80 credits


For Malaysian and International students:

  • 10% discount on tuition fee available through student loyalty scheme

For Malaysian students only:

  • 10% discount is offered to students who pay in full their annual tuition fee in one payment
  • 50% discount on tuition fee for senior citizens who are 55 years of age & above
  • 75% discount on tuition fee for the disabled
  • EPF withdrawal assistance
  • RM6,000 personal income text relief

*Terms and conditions apply


Kapriana Baharuddin
Programme: Doctor of Business Administration

Yeop Ali Mohd Dobi
Programme: Doctor of Business Administration

Christopher Chew
Programme: Doctor of Business Administration

Lee Sook Ling
Programme: Doctor of Business Administration

Yap Boon Hup
Programme: Doctor of Business Administration


Last Updated: 27/11/2018