Doctor of Business Administration

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 02007

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code


Mode of Study
Normal Duration

3 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits


Tuition Fee

HK$877,200 per programme (HK$17,200 per credit)

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Prof. Wilson Tong
BSocSc, MIM, PhD

Deputy Programme Director

Dr Petrus Choy

  • Duration of Study: Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration can submit such request to Departments/Faculties for consideration, as appropriate.
  • For the latest interview schedule, please refer to DBA website.


Note to Applicants

We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.


An incomplete application cannot be processed promptly and would reduce your chance of admission. Please complete all relevant fields on the application form and enclose all necessary documents.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme educates senior executives to be “scholar-leaders” who apply research findings to solve real-world management problems. It integrates academic study and management practice to form a significant part of students’ business careers.

  • Broaden, update and deepen students’ knowledge of business administration in general.
  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of a specialist area.
  • Sharpen students' ability to conduct original applied research and ethical awareness in business administration.




The Faculty of Business was accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in 2010 in recognition of our business education.


The Faculty of Business was accredited by EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System) in 2007 in recognition of our programmes, research and associated activities.


International Collaboration

To enhance the international dimension and academic vigour of PolyU DBA, collaborations have been established with the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland and the Summer School and Executive Programmes Unit of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, U.K..


IMD is ranked first in open programmes worldwide and in the top three in executive education worldwide – eight years in a row (Financial Times, 2012-2019).


LSE, with an international intake and a global reach, has been ranked London’s top university for three years in a row. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, accounting and finance. For more than 25 years, the School has been offering open enrolment short courses to provide students and professionals with insights into cutting edge research relevant to their studies and work.

Recognition & Prospects

Take the first DBA in the region

The PolyU DBA, launched in 1996, was the region’s first professional and academic doctorate in business and management. The success of the programme was further demonstrated with the extension and launch of the Doctor of Management (DMgt) programme on the Chinese mainland in 2004.


Achieve an intellectual transformation

This programme is designed for business professionals who wish to take their business education to the highest level and appeals to those who are looking for a challenge. It is built on engaged scholarship and evidence-based management to enable students to solve practical issues and complex business problems.


Earn a doctorate while pursuing a career

Take this programme without interrupting your career. Most classes are scheduled on weekends, subject to final arrangement.


Learn in a supportive environment

Study alongside diverse and high calibre achievers from a range of industries and be inspired by the world-class faculty. Gain access to the latest research through different activities and dedicated research centres. Obtain insights from guest speakers, world-class scholars and renowned business leaders.


Become part of an elite network

Extend your network with 460 DBA and DMgt alumni, including business and community leaders, and fellow classmates from diverse backgrounds, fields and locations.


Programme Structure

  • ​PolyU DBA is a part-time credit-based programme.
  • Students are required to complete 51 credits including 8 taught subjects (a total of 24 credits), 2 DBA Residentials (1 credit for DBA Residential I; 2 credits for DBA Residential II) and a DBA Thesis (8 credits for DBA Thesis I; 16 credits for DBA Thesis II).
  • All taught subjects are at an advanced level, and students are assumed to have prior knowledge of each subject area.
  • The normal duration of study is 3 years.
  • There is a possible exit award of Master of Science in Management Research Studies for students who have completed 8 taught subjects, 2 DBA Residentials, and passed the DBA Thesis I (thesis proposal presentation) (a total of 35 credits).


Compulsory Subjects

  • Business Research Analysis & Design
  • DBA Residential 1
  • DBA Residential 2
  • DBA Thesis I
  • DBA Thesis II


Core Subjects^ (any two)

  • Econometrics Methods
  • Qualitative Research & Experimental Design
  • Statistical Analysis for Management Research


Elective Subjects^ (any five)

  • Advanced Business Strategy
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Topics in Economics for Managers
  • Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting & Corporate Disclosures
  • Current Issues in Organisational Behaviour
  • Frontier of Leadership Research
  • Incentives & Monitoring in Accounting
  • Independent Studies in Business
  • Independent Studies in Business - International Collaborations Experience
  • Services Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management of Information & Organisation in Digital Economy
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategic Quality Management
  • Strategic Supply Chain & Logistics Management



^ 1. Normally, each subject will be offered once during the 3-year study.  However, subject to factors such as staff availability, student enrolment, programme resources and so on, not all subjects will be offered during the 3-year study.  And, registration is subject to the availability of quota. 

2. Programme structure and the subject details (e.g. subject description form, offering pattern, class timetable etc.) are subject to review and change from time to time.


DBA Residentials
Attendance at the 2 DBA Residentials is compulsory.


DBA Residential 1 is a 2 to 3 day mandatory orientation workshop scheduled for the beginning of the programme in August/September.


DBA Residential 2 is a research workshop which is held normally in May / June after students have completed all the required subjects. The main purpose of the workshop is to give students an opportunity to present their thesis proposals and to prepare them for writing the theses.


DBA Thesis

Students must pass the Compulsory Subject, 2 Core Subjects and at least 3 Elective Subjects before beginning their theses. In the Thesis, students need to integrate and apply what they have learned to critically and rigorously examine a topic of interest in the field of business or management. They are challenged to make an important contribution and/or provide innovative insights to the practice of management.


Latest information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

  • A Master's degree, preferably in a business-related area; 
  • Substantial managerial experience (at least 8 years) at a senior level; or
  • Candidates in senior management positions possessing a recognised first degree and membership of a recognised professional body may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Master's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


Candidates are required to submit a personal statement at the time of application.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for admission interviews.

Other Information

Class Schedule

  • Most classes are scheduled on weekends, subject to the final arrangement of the programme.


For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 3400 3234 or (852) 2766 7889


For information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Petrus Choy, Deputy Programme Director
Tel: (852) 3400 3625

Student Message

With the DBA programme, I learn from industry leaders and classmates who came from different countries. We explore and share innovative ways of doing business. Econometric methods, qualitative research and statistical analysis help me understand more about the convoluted business world.

KEI Chi Wing, Brian - General Manager, GSHK (HK) Ltd; VP, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

I began the DBA journey with a dream, ambition, curiosity and anxiety. During this first year, I reached one milestone of managing the triangular balance among my 3 worlds - Business, Academic and Social. I have also deepened my knowledge and enhanced my skills particularly in relation to leadership. Student life here is challenging, demanding and satisfying!

KULKARNI, Manoj Prabhakar - Head of Corporate Supply Chain, Johnson Electric

PolyU’s DBA will enable me to contribute more directly to leading the development of Kazakhstan’s national economy. I have a great passion for enhancing the quality of higher education in terms of teaching and research. As a DBA student, I will take every opportunity to develop significant research and disseminate the results through working with leading government decision-makers, investors and entrepreneurs.

UYALIYEVA Assel - Director, Marketing Department, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

I decided to pursue the PolyU DBA when my learning curve gradually flattened out. This programme enables me to enrich my knowledge of business administration and acquire in-depth knowledge of econometrics and statistical analysis.

KIM Hyun Wook - Director, Haitong International Securities

It is important to enter this DBA programme with strong motivation and a passion to forge a better self. By interacting with top professors and brilliant classmates from various backgrounds, you will learn how to combine real business challenges with rigorous academic research, and how to apply cutting-edge theories into daily operations.

XU Weihua, Michael - CEO and CIO, United Great International Investment Ltd

PolyU DBA is a programme of exceptional merit and uniqueness. It allows senior executives in different industries to study together and share experience and knowledge while building up our academic capacity. The OWP programme in IMD of Switzerland helps me develop core competencies that further enhance my professional development.

CHAN Lai Meng, Annie - Director, Office of Administration, University of Macau

A premier, global network programme that inspires leaders to address and enable effective business decision making in an analytical, qualitative and practical way. It also helps you to stay focus in such a fast-changing environment. Through this vigorous programme, you keep up yourself with critical thinking and exposure to different industries and cultures.

NG Ka Po, Winne - VP, Corporate Marketing, TTM Technologies

I enjoy the DBA programme a lot. It offers me opportunities to meet with business leaders from all kinds of industries, people I don’t normally interact with. I appreciate the challenge and learning experience and it will benefit me tremendously at both personal and professional levels.

LAW P., Patrick - Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

As an innovative marketing practitioner, I am constantly searching for knowledge and creative ideas. PolyU DBA programme provides me with the perfect platform to learn from the best academics, professors and cohorts who are industry leaders in their own right. This premium world-class programme enables me to pursue lifelong learning.

CHANG James - CEO, Geb Impact Technology Company Limited

Additional Documents Required

Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate



  • Please provide an official English-translated version of your academic qualifications (such as graduation certificates, transcripts of studies, etc.).
  • Proof of work experience is required.

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