Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
The purpose of this qualification is to develop leaders with impact through ground-breaking business research and workplace innovation.
A DBA is equivalent to a PhD degree, but distinct in that candidates pursue applied research rather than pure theoretical knowledge. The goal of the DBA is to design business solutions that will address real world problems, and then to evaluate, assess and test the effectiveness of those solutions. In this way, the DBA candidate generates new knowledge, which is the ultimate criterion for the award of a doctoral degree.
Candidates for the DBA degree at TSB are carefully selected. This is done to ensure that the research generated will have maximum impact on business, government and/or society. This is also to ensure that candidates can be successfully supervised based on the available expertise and research capacity available at the business school.
TSB reserves the right not to accept a candidate if we are not satisfied that all the criteria have been met and /or if the selected study does not meet any other objectives of the business school.
The degree is awarded solely on the successful completion of a research-based thesis. The minimum period of registration for the DBA is two years.
Doctoral candidates can reside anywhere in South Africa, but all services and supervision will be provided from the main TSB campus in Pretoria. The Advanced Research Methodology module is delivered online.
Individuals who would like to apply for the DBA should meet the following minimum requirements:
- Have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) or an equivalent Master’s degree in Management that was completed with a mark of 60% or more.
- Submit a duly completed online application form.
- Submit a preliminary doctoral proposal that complies with the protocol set by TSB.
- Submit their full CV.
Every application must include a preliminary proposal, written in scientific language, on one’s intended research. The preliminary proposal serves to demonstrate whether a prospective candidate has a mature approach to high-level research. It also helps us evaluate whether the proposed topic is viable and whether we can provide appropriate supervision and resources for the successful completion of the degree.
The preliminary proposal must cover, among others, the following:
- The title and an overview of the proposed research
- A literature review with an analysis of at least six academic journal articles
- The problem statement and research question
- A description of the theoretical framework one will be using
- An overview of the research method
- An explanation of why the study is important and who will benefit from it
Firstly, complete the online Tshwane University of Technology application form at www.tut.ac.za.
A non-refundable application fee of R240 will be payable at the time of application. Proof of payment needs to be in an electronic format (PDF only) in order for you to upload it to your application form.
Once the application form has been submitted, upload your preliminary proposal along with the required documents. Once you have completed the online application form, you will receive an SMS or email confirming that you have applied. You will also receive a student number. Please then forward us the supporting documents listed below.
We will require the following certified documentation:
- A copy of your Identification Document (ID).
- A copy of your Qualifications (please see Recognition of Prior Learning if you do not have a qualification).
- A copy of your Academic Records/Transcripts clearly stating the number of credits completed and the NQF level.
- A copy of your School Leaving (Matric) Certificate.
- A copy of your name change or marriage certificate (if applicable – where your prior qualifications are in a different surname).
- A comprehensive CV.
If the preliminary doctoral proposal is acceptable, you will be invited to register for the Advanced Research Methodology module at TSB. This is an online module that will guide you in preparing your comprehensive proposal.
Note: You can apply to be exempted from this module if you have successfully completed a full master’s dissertation or doctoral theses, or by providing proof that you were exposed to research methodology learning with the same outcomes and at the same level as that of this module.
Once you have completed the Advanced Research Methodology module, you need to submit a comprehensive research proposal. You will then defend your final proposal to a panel where the final suitability of the study will be determined. You will be formally registered for the DBA once your comprehensive research proposal has been accepted.
* Please note: Acceptance is also subject to available capacity according to the Student Enrolment Plan (SEP) as well as supervision capacity. Applicants will be informed of their status per official letter from the Office of the Registrar, alternatively, they can check their application status on the TUT website, www.tut.ac.za.
Please contact the Student Accounts office at MthombeniSP@tut.ac.za for a quotation. However, the estimates are as follows:
|Application fee (non-refundable, it’s payable upon submission of your application)||R 240|
|Registration fee (and re-registration fee each year while on the programme)||R 1 500|
|Tuition fee||R 45 000|
* The tuition fee is all inclusive.
* All prices quoted above are subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of acceptance.
Applications for our DBA programme open on 01 April.
Applications close on 31 August.
We accept late applications until 30 September.
If you have a special need, please contact the Admissions Office before you complete your application. We will do our best to accommodate this; however, we cannot make any guarantees.
We begin accepting applications from 01 April each year and close on 31 August. If accepted, you will be ready for registration in March of the next year.
The programme is normally completed in 3 to 5 years. The Research and Higher Degrees Committee will consider whether there is a case for extensions of time beyond 7 years.
An overview of the DBA application process is presented below.
Applicants who submit their complete application by 30 August will be informed by 15 September whether they are selected to proceed to the second phase of the application process. Applicants who submit their full application by 30 September will be informed by 15 October whether they will be progressing.
For a more detailed overview of the application process, please contact our research office; the details are provided below.
Please contact the Student Accounts office at MthombeniSP@tut.ac.za for a quotation. You can also see the “Fee Structure” tab above for an idea of the fees.
The degree will take a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years.
MBA research is not sufficient preparation for research at doctoral level. It is therefore expected that prospective candidates complete the online module in Advanced Research Methodology before beginning their doctoral study.
Prospective candidates can apply to be exempted from this module if they have successfully completed a full master’s dissertation or doctoral theses, or by providing proof that they were previously exposed to research methodology learning with the same outcomes and at the same level as that of this module.
No, you will only be accepted if you successfully defend your comprehensive proposal and are approved by the final panel for registration.
We recommend that candidates dedicate at least 20 hours per week to their research project.