Program Overview

If you are at the top your profession, this prestigious program will cement your credibility as an expert in your chosen field. Targeting experienced leaders in government, senior executives, consultants, management educators and business school academics, This program will enable you to become a Doctor of Business Administration, and allow you to boost professional competence, enhance executive and professional practice and enable you to serve effectively as a global change agent. With this terminal degree, you will stand out amongst your peers.

During the program, you will strengthen your capability to develop knowledge and theory, as well as the application of it. You will develop a sound understanding of the relevant conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of your chosen area of original research and grow your expertise in this area.

The program will provide a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry, enabling you to develop personal, consultancy and research competencies to undertake rigorous research at an advanced level. This will allow you to make a significant contribution to theory and practice in the field of business and management.

Designed to have internal and external examiners on dissertation committees, the program presents an opportunity for you to work with a large network of experts from around the world in your specialized area of research. The emphasis on research publication in the program means that studies in the GCC are dominated by ADU’s DBA students and graduates.

Our taught courses are delivered over alternate weekends, allowing you the flexibility to manage your working life and doctoral studies. The doctorate of business administration program is offered in Abu Dhabi in the Fall and in the Fall and Winter in Dubai.


Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

AED 304,920




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  • COMM 1 Communication and Leadership

  • METH 1 Introduction to Business Research

  • METH 2A Qualitative Methods for Research I

  • METH 2B Qualitative Methods for Research II

  • METH 3A Quantitative Methods for Research I

  • METH 3B Quantitative Methods for Research II

  • MGMT 1 Management of Change and Innovation

  • MGMT 2 Seminar in Strategic Management

  • MGMT 3 Leadership

  • MGMT 4 Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior

  • MGMT 5 Managerial Decision Making

  • MGMT 6 Global Issues in Business

  • RSCH 1 Research Proposal

  • COMM 2 Dissertation Writing

  • RSCH 2 Dissertation


Phase I: Coursework including Research Proposal

During Phase I, the students will learn about research methodologies and also attend a range of seminars in management. The first phase provides a solid foundation in research methodologies and techniques in methodological courses; exposes the students to a range of coursework in management in the core courses; and culminates in the development of a research proposal.


Phase II: Dissertation

During Phase II, students will work on the approval of their research proposal. During this phase, students do not have regularly scheduled classes rather they work closely with their dissertation committee on the completion of their dissertation and publication of their manuscript in a peer reviewed journal.

Masters Degree

Directly related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4.00-point scale, from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs.


Personal Assessment

Applicants will be required to complete a panel interview with the DBA’s Admission Selection Committee and will only be offered admission if the interview is deemed successful.


English language proficiency requirements

For programs taught in English, a minimum score range of 1400 - 1525 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL scores of 213 CBT (Computer-Based Test), 79 - 80 IBT (Internet-Based Test), 550 PBT (Paper-Based Test), or 6.0 IELTS (taken at Amideast or Knowledge Group), or their equivalent. 

Applicants with CGPA’s and English Proficiency Test scores that don’t match the above requirements may be granted exceptions for conditional admission. For more information on conditional admission to any of ADU’s postgraduate programs.


Entry requirements to Phase 2

oursework: applicants must achieve a CGPA of 3.5 or above in the coursework requirements of Phase One. Research Proposal & Dissertation: applicants must receive a passing grade in their Research Proposal and Defense of their Dissertation.


International Students

We also welcome applications from students with a variety of bachelor degrees from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs, upon their successful completion of any required program foundation courses. These applicants will be granted admission into the program after the successful completion of some business foundation courses.


Transfer Students

Postgraduate transfer students may apply for credit transfer for courses taken prior to joining Abu Dhabi University only once, when they first apply for admission.

Abu Dhabi

Tuition fees structure & calculation

  •  Majors AED 180,180
    • Credit Hour Cost (Aed) AED 4,620
    • Required Credits 39
  •  Dissertation /Project /Thesis AED 124,740
    • Credit Hour Cost (Aed) AED 4,620
    • Required Credits 27

As well as enhancing your executive and professional practice and making you stand out in your chosen area of expertise, this program also qualifies you to be a faculty member and teach at universities around the world.

From finance to technology, marketing to human resources management, your deeper knowledge and understanding will give you a leading edge when exploring the challenges and opportunities facing business today.


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