**Southern Cross University will not be accepting applications for the Doctor of Business Administration until further notice. This programme is currently under review. For more information, please contact MDIS.
What Can SCU DBA Do For You?
Develop superior levels of management skills.
Uncover new information or insights within your professional area.
Research an area you are interested in and passionate about.
Contribute your knowledge to, and become an expert in your industry.
Network with candidates from a range of backgrounds.
Gain a globally recognised advanced business qualification.
Enhance future employment, research and consultancy opportunities.
The DBA, with managerial relevance, allows top managers to deepen their expertise, contribute to the knowledge of their profession, and prepare themselves for the complex analyses and decision-making required of senior management.
The DBA is emerging globally as the pinnacle in business qualifications with graduates assuming ever more senior roles in corporations and governments.
Methods of Assessment
The business administration units are assessed through assignments completed during each trimester.
Preparatory stage units are assessed through assignments and research outputs.
Thesis units are not formally assessed during the thesis writing process. The completed DBA thesis is submitted for examination to internal and external examiners approved by the HRD Committee.
The business administration units and the preparatory stage units are awarded grades of High Distinction (HD), Distinction (D), Credit (C) or Pass (P). In order to proceed beyond the preparatory stage to the thesis, candidates must achieve a credit average for the business administration and preparatory stage units.
Candidates who do not achieve a credit average may be offered advanced standing towards the Master of Business research degree.
The thesis is not awarded a grade but is examined by two examiners. A candidate receives the DBA award once their thesis is accepted by the SCU Higher Degrees Research Committee (HDRC).
The Meredith Prize
The Meredith Prize, to the value of $2,000 is awarded annually to the candidate with the most outstanding DBA thesis.
Candidates are provided with a package of learning materials that guide them at their own pace through the various stages of their programme.
For the business administration units and the business research methods units, the learning materials consist of a study guide, prescribed text and supplementary readings are provided for the remainder of the DBA preparatory stage and on commencing the thesis stage.
All stages from the first business administration unit to the thesis can be related to a candidate's workplace. Candidates are encouraged to relate their reading and activities to their proposed research field and workplace environment. This focus on relevance to the candidate's workplace and own professional development is a distinctive feature of the Southern Cross University DBA.
In addition to the learning materials, candidates have access to comprehensive online facilitites that provide up-to-date course information and opportunities for candidates to network with fellow business students and their tutor/assessor and gain feedback.
DBA candidates can access the SCU library catalogues, full-text business journal databases and other library resources online. The SCU library recognises the distinctive demands of doctoral study and provides a dedicated webpage to support DBA students.
Upon completion of the two DBA research units, a supervisor is appointed to support the candidate in the thesis process, which leads to the production and submission of the DBA thesis for examination. Candidates - whether full-time, part-time, in Australia or offshore - communicate regularly with supervisors via email, phone, or fax.
At least twice a year candidates meet in structured doctoral symposia at the SCU Gold Coast campus or at MDIS. The symposia provide wonderful opportunities to meet other candidates, compare progress, explore different research methologies, receive advice from experts, confirms examination requirements and network with business leaders. Candidates must attend at least one symposia each year.
Your supervision is conducted by highly qualified, local supervisors in Singapore who are approved by the Southern Cross University's Higher Degrees Research Committee.
Southern Cross University, Australia
Southern Cross University is a contemporary Australian public university. The University takes pride in the supportive study environment provided for students irrespective of their backgrounds and life goals.
The University has around 16,000 students enrolled throughout Australia and from 80 countries around the world. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business, creative and performing arts, education, engineering, environmental, marine and forest science, health and human science, humanities and social sciences, Indigenous studies, information technology, law, psychology, tourism and sport and exercise science. The University has developed industry partnerships and strong links with business, the professions and the community to provide a practical emphasis as well as the rigorous application of theory.
Southern Cross University is a research intensive University that offers Masters by research and PhD research degrees.
Southern Cross University collaborates with other international institutions in the delivery of courses in China, Singapore, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The University is committed to enhancing the lives and helping to advance the careers of all its international students.
Named after the constellation of stars that appears in the night sky of the southern hemisphere, the Southern Cross is a potent symbol in Australia’s history and forms part of the Australian flag. It has been used for centuries to help navigate and guide travellers on their journeys.
About Southern Cross Business School
The Southern Cross Business School offers a comprehensive range of business and information technology degrees that are informed by research, reviewed by industry leaders and taught by experts. The School’s courses are designed to build students' knowledge and capabilities and open doors and opportunities for them anywhere in the world.
The School is committed to excellence in teaching and its degrees are all tailored to meet industry demands. They combine academic rigour with contemporary industry practice, giving students the skills to succeed in complex business environments.
The research profile of the School is diverse and is centred on the development of four research nodes:
Entrepreneurship / Enterprise development
Information technology and information systems
Human resources and workforce
The School has more than 3,000 students studying within Australia and offshore. They are supported by approximately 50 full-time staff who possess academic and professional qualifications and experience.