As the first online doctorate in business administration (DBA) offered by a Canadian University, the Athabasca University (AU) online DBA fills an important niche role in management education by increasing access to doctoral-level studies for highly motivated management professionals in business, government, and not-for-profits.

Direct impact on organizations
The online DBA focuses on researching practical business and managerial issues through knowledge building, critique, and the systematic application of relevant theories and research to management practice. It is designed for those who want to make a direct impact on their organizations, industry and communities through improved management practice. It is a research-based qualification with the same level of rigor and scholarship expected of any doctoral program.

Collaborative, 24 hour online learning
The Faculty of Business online Graduate program’s proven online learning platform will be employed as the primary technology to deliver courses and to supervise dissertations. Students, faculty and staff are all connected, creating a dynamic, interactive learning environment while giving students the support and service they need.

Leading edge research, exceptional management talent
The online DBA supports leading edge research in management thinking and practice by students and faculty who bring real world experience, knowledge, and workplace context to the table. It helps build highly qualified management talent who will foster innovation and competitive advantage for business and government, world-wide.

AU Online DBA students will:

  • Expand competencies in management research and practice
  • Effectively conduct and evaluate management research
  • Develop scholarship in management practice
  • Communicate research findings and outcomes
  • Create solutions to business and organizational problems that will increase competitive advantage
  • Enhance professional credibility
  • Derive intrinsic satisfaction from higher level learning

edbac-logoAthabasca University is a member of The Executive DBA Council (EDBAC). EDBAC is an international association of thirty-five programs with a presence in thirteen countries.

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Application deadline:  The 2016 application deadline has passed.
The next deadline is March 15, 2017 for the September 2017 program start.

AU’s DBA experience

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