HK$907,800 per programme (HK$17,800 per credit)
Prof. Wilson Tong
BSocSc, MIM, PhD
Deputy Programme Director
Dr Petrus Choy
MBAcc, DBA, FCA, FCCA, FCPA, FCMA
Note to Applicants
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.
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.
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 - nine years in a row (Financial Times, 2012-2020).
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.
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.
Core Subjects^ (any two)
Elective Subjects^ (any five)
^ 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.
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.
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 https://fb.polyu.edu.hk/dba.
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.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for admission interviews.
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