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DBA Degree

DBA Degree

NMMU is only the second Business School in Africa to be admitted to European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) and have its DBA accredited by the organisation.

DBA explained

The DBA degree is an outcomes-based degree. It does not include a taught component for credit and is assessed solely on the basis of a thesis that is presented for examination. The thesis is examined by three external examiners, who are approved by our Faculty Management Committee on the basis of formal criteria. The DBA is awarded in recognition of the demonstration of high-level research competence that results in a substantial and original scholarly contribution in a business discipline or field.

Entrance Requirements

The entrance requirement for the DBA is an MBA (MBL also acceptable) from an accredited higher education institution with an overall average pass mark of 65% for the MBA as well as a treatise (mini-thesis) pass mark of 65% as prerequisite.  Submissions not complying with these requirements will not be considered.  Candidates who have not done a treatise/mini-dissertation/research project as part of their Master’s degree will not be considered for the DBA programme.


The duration of the degree is minimum two and maximum four years. Appeals for extension can be made to the Faculty Management Committee and Post Graduate Committee via the Business School.

How to apply

Please contact the NMMU Business School on for assistance with applying for the programme. Once it’s been established that a candidate meets the programme’s minimum requirements, he/she will receive further information on submitting a DBA Proposal for final approval.

Application Date

2018 Applications Open:

1 April 2017



What are the fees?

South African students: The 2016 fee - R15 670.00. (allow for a yearly increase of 10%).

International students: Please contact the Office for International Education on for international fees. 

How much will the program cost in total?

We can unfortunately not estimate this cost as it all depends on the student and how long it will take for an individual student to complete the DBA.

How long will the application process take before I will have a final answer?

Approximately six weeks from submission of final DBA Proposal.

What is the first step in the application process?

Contact the NMMU Business School Relationship Office for an application information pack and submit the following:

  • MBA certificate (certified copy).
  • Academic record (certified copy).
  • A preliminary research proposal (email for the Guidelines) on your intended doctoral research study. NB: If the preliminary proposal does not adhere to the attached guidelines, it will not be considered. Candidates are encouraged to consult with experienced academics in order to present a competitive preliminary proposal.

Once it’s been established that you meet the minimum requirements, you will be furnished with the relevant Proposal Guidelines and asked to fill in the University’s application forms.

How many times will I have to visit my supervisor?

This all depends on the arrangement between you and our supervisor.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact us on:

Telephone:  +27 (0)861 504 3777/3748