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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney

Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance
Registration Number: 210307
The programme is currently under review and will not be offered in 2010.
Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) was established in 1969, making it the oldest continuously operating postgraduate school of business administration in New South Wales, Australia. Over the past 40 years, MGSM has earned an enviable reputation as one of the region's leading centres of excellence in management education. It is consistently ranked as a leading business school in the Asia-Pacific region:

Ranked in the London Financial Times 2010 Top 100 Global MBA Programs

Ranked the No.1 Business School in Australia and among the top 40 in the world for Open Programs (London Financial Times 2008 and 2009)

Ranked 5th Globally in Accountancy and 8th Globally in Finance for MBA Schools (London Financial Times Global MBA Rankings)

Ranked No.1 of MBA programs in New South Wales (AFR BOSS Survey: 2009 MBA rankings)

Ranked No.5 int he world for the quality of its students (Economist MBA Survey global full-time rankings 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)

Programme Structure
Structured as one-third coursework and two-thirds research, the DBA is an intensive programme specifically designed to equip managers, management consultants or management academics seeking doctoral level qualifications with the ability to apply research methods in the resolution of organisationally-based problems.

The coursework component of the programme comprised four units. The unit content progresses from the broader aspects of management research to the specific skills required to conduct and deliver a literature review.

Each coursework unit in the DBA involves 40 hours of face-to-face classes, which are conducted in a modular format at MGSM's teaching venue in Hong Kong. In addition to the lectures students will be required to complete individual assignments and undertake examinations for each unit.

The structure of the MGSM DBA is designed to maximise learning and develop a comprehensive skills-base prior to undertaking the required dissertation. The format of the programme is as follows:
To increase the flexibility of the programme, the MGSM DBA can be completed in a minimum period of three years or a maximum of six years. Unlike traditional higher education however, the format of the DBA allows students to maintain their full-time job whilst undertaking the programme.

Individual DBA course units are equivalent in academic load to two master of management course units - a standard part-time student workload per term for MGSM's range of postgraduate programmes.

Given the involvement and focus required to undertake a DBA, the three year programme is strongly recommended as it enables students to complete the required coursework units in the first year, maintaining a steady flow of learning, and then undertake their dissertation over a two year period.

Importantly, students who can link their dissertation to a current job-related organisational issue and conduct research as part of their professional life find that they may complete the programme in the minimum time required and use the research results to the immediate benefit of the organisation.

The Dissertation
The dissertation comprises a comprehensive thesis-style research project undertaken by each student on an individual basis, over a minimum of two years.

The aim of the dissertation is to demonstrate that the student has made a distinctive and original contribution to the improvement of professional practice or policy in the field of management and, on completion, the student will be able to present and defend a piece of research making such a contribution.

Academic supervisors will be drawn from MGSM's complement of highly qualified faculty. Whilst based in Sydney, academic supervisors are readily available via telephone, fax or email and regular progress workshops will be conducted
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Entry Requirements
To be admitted for candidature to the DBA an applicant must:
1. possess a minimum of five years management experience in an organisation or situation which provides the opportunity to focus research attention on professional practice or policy; and
2. possess a Bachelor`s degree with honours class I or honours class II and/or a relevant Masters degree*.

* Tertiary qualification for entry into the DBA must be approved by Macquarie University`s Postgraduate Studies Committee.

Applicants must be proficient in the English language, both written and spoken, and meet the requirements of the University.

Application Period
The programme commences in January each year and the deadline for applications is September each year.

HK$ 270600 (Application fee: HK$250, 1st year: HK$22,550/ subject x 4; 2nd to 5th year: HK$11,275/ subject x 4 each year)
For reservations and general enquiries, please call customer Services Department on 2774 8500 or via fax 2365 1000. For course content, please contact
Ms Doris Ng on 2774 8533 / Ms Shino Choi on 2774 8592 / Ms Man Law on 2774 8593 / Ms Mani Ng on 2744 8534.

"It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead".

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