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Doctor of Business Administration - Mixed Mode

Institute of Postgraduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
42 months
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Tuition fee (local)
USD 10,190
Tuition fee (foreign)
$ 15,998

Entry Requirements

  • A Master's degree in Management or Master Business Administration (MBA) from a universityrecognised by the USM's Senate or an equivalent qualification.
  • A minimum CGPA of 3.00 or equivalent.
  • To attend a pretest interview before the final selection.
  • Degrees awarded by local private institutions of higher learning including those awarded under any collaborative/franchising schemes with local or foreign partners must be accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
  • A minimum of five years relevant working experience. 

For International Applicants only:

  • A minimum score of 550 in Paper- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or
  • A minimum score of 213 in Computer- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or
  • A minimum score of 80 in Internet- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or
  • A minimum score of Band 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Applicant graduated from institutions of higher learning which use English Language as the medium of instruction.
  • Passed USM's Intensive English Course Level IV with minimum gred B.
  • English courses offered by selected Public / Private Universities.

For Malaysian Applicants only:

  • MUET Band 4


Part I: Theoretical Updating

  • Seminar in
    • Management Control and Decision Making
    • Human Capital Transformation
    • Financial Decision Making
    • Managing Technology and Decision Making
    • Marketing and Global Business
    • Trend and Foresights in Business Strategy

Part II: Knowledge Dissemination and Generation

  • Dissemination of Knowledge 
    • Consultation and Training
  • Generation of Knowledge
    • Research Methodology

Part III: Dissertation

  • Dissertation and viva-voce.

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