Singapore University of Social Sciences

Doctor of Business Administration

Next Available Intake: July 2023
Application Closing Date: 15 April 2023
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The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme offered by School of Business of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) focuses on training students to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in selected management areas. With the training provided in this programme, entrepreneurs, senior management executives, and mid-career industrial practitioners are expected to develop rigorous and structural thinking process, acquire deeper knowledge and advanced research methodologies, and cultivate analytical skills that enable them to investigate and solve complex management problems and support evidence based strategy formulation.

The DBA curriculum offers exposure to knowledge relevant to the digital economy and provides students with a choice of management courses or a mix of multi-disciplinary courses to suit their applied research objectives. The programme is supported by a flexible learning environment that draws its benefits from SUSS’s close linkage with industries.

The global economy is experiencing considerable uncertainty and challenges brought about by technological advancement and innovations, and changes in political landscapes and national demography. Managers and leaders need to develop a strategic mindset and global insights to address problems created by increasing economic volatility. The DBA programme is designed to produce graduates that are able to drive thought leadership in organisational change and organisational development, and effectively meet the challenges that disruptive technologies will bring to the economy.

Unique features of the programmes

  • The programme provides graduates with in-depth training to develop rigorous and structural thinking process, cultivate analytical skills, and develop a strategic mindset and global insights.
  • The programme enables graduates to investigate and solve complex management problems, support evidence based strategisation, and drive thought leadership and innovation.
  • The curriculum design emphases sustainability, social responsibility and ethical practices of business operations.​
  • Students benefit from SUSS’s flexible learning environment, close industry linkages and opportunities to participate in overseas immersion courses.

Whom is this for?

​​The DBA programme curriculum will offer aspiring entrepreneurs, senior management executives, and mid-career industrial practitioners specialised knowledge and applied research skills. The programme targets to equip students with sophisticated problem solving skills required to tackle complex business problems and drive innovations, while ensuring that they understand good sustainability, social responsibility and ethical practices.

Programme Structure

​DBA students are required to complete 40 cu coursework (30 cu disciplinary knowledge courses and 10 cu research methodology courses) and submit a doctoral dissertation. Courses will mostly be held on 3 to 6 consecutive days including weekends from 9am to 6pm. Students are required to participate in overseas immersion courses that will be held over a period of a few days.

Upon the completion of 30 cu coursework, students are awarded with the Graduate Diploma in Business. After the completion of an additional 10 cu coursework, students are required to successfully complete a qualifying examination (QE) in order to be granted DBA candidacy. DBA candidates are required to undertake an applied research project that culminates in a dissertation at the doctorate level. The dissertation should produce output via original applied research that is relevant to industry/professional practice and advances knowledge in these areas. Upon successfully defending their dissertations in the dissertation examination, candidates will be awarded DBA degree.

The minimum candidature period for DBA is 3 years and the maximum candidature period is 7 years.

Curriculum Schedule

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  • 本项目将为学生提供深入的思维训练,培养其严格和结构化的思维模式,培养定量分析的能力,培养战略性思维和全球洞察力。
  • 本项目的学习使学生能够对复杂的管理问题进行调查研究从而提出解决方案,制定实证支持的战略规划,引领企业创新和思维模式的改变。
  • 本项目的课程设置强调企业的可持续发展,企业对社会承担的责任和商业运行中的道德规范。
  • 本项目是一个中英文双语项目,学生的学习过程将受益于新跃社科大学灵活的教学环境,与工业界建立的紧密联系,以及本项目的海外沉浸式课程学习体验。


工商管理博士项目将为有抱负的企业家,高级管理人员和职 业生涯中期的工作人士提供专业知识和应用研究技能。 该项目旨在为学生提供解决复杂业务问题时所需要的技能和创新力,同时确保他们能够很好的理解可持续性,社会责任和道德实践。


学生需要完成40学分的课程(包括30学分的学科知识课程(Disciplinary Knowledge Course)和10学分的研究方法课程(Research Methodology Course),以及提交博士论文。在项目期间学生必须参与海外沉浸式课程以开拓国际视野与见闻。

完成30学分课程后,学生将被授予商学研究生文凭。完成额外10学分课程后,学生需要顺利通过博士资格考试(Qualifying Examination)以获得博士学位候选人资格(DBA Candidacy)。

博士学位候选人需要进行一个应用课题的研究,并撰写论文。论文要求应达到博士水平。博士论文需体现应用研究的原创性,研究课题需与工业界或者行业现行的实践有关,研究成果能够推进这些领域知识的发展。在成功通过博士论文考试和答辩后(Dissertation Examination and Defence),博士学位候选人将会获得新跃社科大学DBA博士学位。



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