Sabi University and ISMAC have signed an agreement to offer a blended dual degree programme in Doctor of Business Administration.

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is an executive, research-oriented doctorate in business administration. The DBA programme mainly consists of conducting independent research on a chosen topic and the writing of a dissertation. The research mastered in the programme would then be applied to making a direct contribution to business practices.

Throughout the duration of the programme, students will undertake independent study of a chosen topic and work closely with a supervisor who will offer them guidance and support. Once their study is complete and students have written a dissertation presenting their results, they will have to defend their dissertation through a viva voce (oral) examination in front of a grand jury.

DBA students must complete the course, seminars and workshops during the first semester of their studies.

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The Doctor of Business Administration program takes an innovative approach, fostering learning through engagement and action. Students expand their actionable knowledge through classroom learning (pre- recorded lectures, flipped classroom interactive discussions, case studies, assignments, seminars, additional reading materials) and through active research using appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods.

The core curriculum of the DBA program consists of contemporary management topics such as organizational change and development, leadership and managerial decision-making among other subjects.

Alongside the core modules, students each write a Doctoral Development Plan (DDP) reflecting on their development as doctoral practitioners and researchers. The DDP helps students obtain doctoral-level professional knowledge and the critical thinking skills needed for leading businesses and organizations.

Students complete their qualification with an original thesis based on a critical project undertaken in their organization. Unlike traditional academic thesis for PhD research, this thesis is designed to produce new, actionable knowledge for immediate use.

Research and Methodology
Analysis and Critique 1 and 2
Leadership 1 and 2
International Business Management
Managing Organizational Change and Developments
Business English
Human Resource Management
All DBA students must pass the Grand Comprehensive Exam (GCE) before a jury at the end of the first semester after completing their courses, seminars and workshops successfully.

The Doctorate of Business Administration is designed with the understanding that most senior and middle managers will change positions and organizations throughout their career. By focusing on building critical reflection, critical thinking, and doctoral-level skills, students graduate with knowledge and expertise, which they can apply to a variety of organizational and managerial settings. The program provides students with the following competencies:

  • Doctoral level knowledge and understanding of multiple aspects of business and management
  • The ability to create and integrate new theories, techniques and information
  • An in-depth knowledge of research design, research methodology and research management
  • The ability to enter and work in a variety of organizational contexts and to innovate and manage change.
  • The knowledge to resolve complex business management problems applying innovative and creative approaches
  • The ability to succinctly present scholarly research to both academic and non-academic audiences
  • Thought leadership for organizational change

These competencies are achieved through successful completion of the following course components.
 Sabi University’s Doctor of Business Administration program is comprised of 120 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits . The program requires two to four years to complete. 
The program begins with courses, seminars and workshops, which bear 40 ECTS credits and will be followed by the Grand Comprehensive Exam (GCE), which hold 10 ECTS credits. Students must complete all courses, seminars and workshops within the first 68 weeks of the program. In these first 68 weeks students also prepare the Doctoral Development Plan (10 ECTS credits).

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