Doctor of Business Administration

(R2-DL/340/8/0041 (MQA/FA0368) 03/26)

  • Earn yourself a competitive edge with OUM’s DBA. It is a professional doctoral degree designed for managers and executives who wish to enhance their professional practices and deepen their management knowledge, skills and leadership in business administration through intensive study and research. A total of 80 credits of core courses, electives and research components need to be completed in order to be awarded this doctoral degree.
  • 15 credits are allocated for core courses, 12 credits are for core research skills, 9 credits are for electives, 4 credits for Concept Paper and 40 credits for a research and dissertation. Specialisation is allowed in these areas:
    • Marketing
    • Human Resource
    • Management
    • Finance

Programme Objectives

  • DBA aims to produce a new breed of scholar-managers who have the ability to develop a vision for the future, think critically and plan strategically, implement effective business policies and make sound decisions to achieve business goals.
  • A major aim of the OUM DBA is to educate senior executives to be the “scholar-managers”, who are able to apply research findings in solving the real-world management problems.
  • Students are developed to identify innovation opportunities, develop breakthrough strategies, and create an organizational environment that enable innovation and change .
  • Graduates will be able to apply a range of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and formulate solutions pertaining to real business problems and issues.
Programme Director of Doctor of Business Administration

Dr. Nusrah Binti Samat
Programme Director

Tel (Office) :
603 89135514

Email :

Malaysian Learner Fees
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Sem 1 RM5,358 RM5,358 RM2,200 RM2,200
Sem 2 RM5,358 RM5,358 RM2,200 RM2,200
Sem 3 RM5,358 RM5,358 RM2,200 RM2,200
Total RM45,348

Discount for the Physically Challenged Learners (OKU) and Senior Citizens
* Fees applicable to Malaysians and Permanent Residents only.
* The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.

The University offers 50% discount for:
1. Senior citizens aged 60 and above on registration date; and
2. Physically challenged learners – a valid Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU) is required.
The discounts are not valid for second time registration and repeating of subjects.
Learners who receive this discount are not entitled to other discounts and promotions.

Processing fee: RM50
Re-registration fee of RM220 per semester is chargeable for extension of DBA Research and Dissertation.

Financial options: Payment Mode:
EPF (Account 2); or JomPAY
Education or Personal Loan from commercial banks; or Internet Banking
HRDF (subject to employer’s eligibility); or Debit/Credit Card.
International Learner Fees
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Sem 1 RM6,430 RM6,430 RM2,200 RM2,200
Sem 2 RM6,430 RM6,430 RM2,200 RM2,200
Sem 3 RM6,430 RM6,430 RM2,200 RM2,200
Total RM51,778

1 – Fees applicable to International applicants
2 – Registration Fee: RM1,500 , Processing Fee: RM200 (first semester only-non refundable exclude semester fee)
3 – Financial method: Telegraphic Transfer , PayPal (Invoice will be prepared in MYR and will be added 6% to cover PayPal transaction fees.)
4 – The fees are for subject fees only and are not applicable for research, registration, repeating of subjects and other fees.
5 – 60% payment of the semester fees must be made before the semester starts, 40% payment before the examination week.

* The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.
**LATEST UPDATE: 31 October 2021

Normal Entry

  1. Master (MQF Level 7) as accepted by the HEP Senate; or
  2. Other qualifications equivalent to Master (MQF Level 7) as accepted by HEP Senate.

English language competency requirements for international students: Minimum IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.


  1. No direct admission from Bachelor’s Degree to Doctoral Programme.
  2. Candidate with a bachelor degree who has enrolled for a masters degree programme may apply to change to a doctoral programme within 1 year after registering for the programme, subject to the following provisions:
    • Has demonstrated competency and ability to conduct research at the postgraduate level;(Level 8 MQF);
    • A comprehensive internal assessment by the HEP; and
    • Obtain approval from the HEP Senate.

NOTE: Intake is subject to the approval of the Postgraduate Committee of the faculty.

Part I

  • Coursework (9 courses) = 27 credits
  • Elective (3 Subjects) = 9 credits

Part II

  • Doctoral Concept Paper = 4 credits

Part II

  • Research and Dissertation = 40 credits
Year Semester Courses
1  1 Advanced Managerial Economics (BPME7103)
Advanced Organisation and Management (BPOM7103)
 2 Advanced Marketing Management (BPMM7103)
Accounting and Finance (BPAF7103)
3 Advanced Strategic Management (BPSM7103)
Business Research (BPBR7103)
2 4 Technical / Academic Writing (BPAW7103)
Qualitative Research Methods in Business Administration (BPQR7103)
5 Applied Statistics (BPAS7103)
* Elective
6 * Elective
* Elective
3 7 Doctoral Concept Paper (BPCP7104)
8 Doctoral Research – 1 (BPDD7201)
9 Doctoral Research – 1 (BPDD7201)
10 Doctoral Research – 2 (BPDD7201)
11 Doctoral Research – 2 (BPDD7201)
12 Doctoral Research – 2 (BPDD7201)

* Elective Paper (Choose any 3 Elective Courses)

Ethics And Corporate Social Responsibility (BPER7103)
Organisational Leadership (BPOL7103)
Organisational Theory And Design (BPOT7103)
Human Capital Development (BPHD7103)
Contemporary Issues In Human Resource Management (BPHR7103)
Issues In Strategic Compensation (BPSC7103)
Contemporary Issues In Marketing (BPMI7103)
Marketing Theory And Practices (BPMT7103)

Note: Courses Not Offered Every Semester

  1. What is a DBA?
    Doctor of Business Administration, a professional doctoral degree for managers, executives and academicians.
  2. Why do I need a DBA?
    To enhance professional practices and deepen management knowledge, skills and leadership in business administration through intensive study and research.
  3. What are the entry requirements of the DBA?
    a. Master as accepted by the senate, or
    b. Other qualifications equivalent to Master, as accepted by senate.
  4. What is the duration of study?
    4 years or 12 semesters.
  5. How much are the fees for Malaysian and permanent residents?
    RM45,348 for 4 years.
  6. What are the career prospects?
    Learners can advance in their career in the industry or become academician in the institution of higher learning.
  7. What is the delivery mode?
    Teaching and learning process is conducted through online tutorials, and supported  with video lectures and online forums.
  8. What is the structure of the programme?
    Learners need to complete 8 taught courses, research proposal and thesis.
  9. How many taught courses should be taken?
    6 core courses and 2 research skill courses.
  10. How many taught courses are there per semester?
    2 courses.
  11. How are the taught courses graded?
    Some courses are graded based on 100% assignment, and some courses are graded based on a combination of assignment and final examination.
  12. How can I finance my study?
    For Malaysian, you may withdraw your EPF contributions from Account II to finance your study.
  13. How do I apply?
    Visit  and click ‘APPLY NOW’
  14. What will happen after sending my application?
    Our officer will contact you for the next process.