Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

UBI offers an intensive and rigorous DBA programme that provides a strong foundation and credentials for senior executives who are ready to take their career to the next level. The programme is delivered in Mandarin at our Shanghai campus.


The UBI Doctorate in Business Administration is designed for executives who wish to advance their careers in management or consulting, through a high-quality and practice-focused research programme. The programme delivers a high-quality doctoral education, culminating with a major research study that effectively blends scholarly accomplishment with a practical application of theory, to develop leadership and other competencies.​


Programme Structure

Stage One: Coursework on Research Methodology

Learning in Stage one takes the form of classroom teaching, discussions and independent reading of the selected literature. 


Stage Two: Independent Research and Thesis Writing

Preparation for the DBA dissertation continues in Stage Two as students participate in a series of doctoral workshops organised by UBI DBA faculty members. These workshops scaffold students' acquisition of skills and knowledge related to the dissertation process and further explore some of the research considerations introduced in Stage One. 

Stage Three: Thesis Proposal Presentation and Final Defense

In Stage Three, students conduct further independent research and begin drafting the dissertation. Periodic consultations with their DBA dissertation advisor will be scheduled. Once the final draft of the dissertation is completed, students will defend their dissertation to justify the research assumptions, data and outcomes. 


Programme Registration

  • The DBA programme is a part-time 3 years programme comprising coursework, doctoral workshops and a thesis. The programme is taught in Mandarin at our Shanghai campus.

  • UBI offers two intakes for the DBA degree programme: one in July and one in November. 

Application Requirements

Applicants for the DBA programme should meet the following requirement:

  • MBA / EMBA or a Master's Degree

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification

  • A minimum of 6 - 10 years of full-time management experience

See more details in our DBA Booklet