Programme Overview

Singapore Management University's (SMU) Doctor of Business Administration (DBA):
Programme Overview

About the SMU DBA Programme

The Singapore Management University (SMU) Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate programme for business leaders, senior management and rising managers who aspire to pursue practice-driven research with the potential to create business impact.

The SMU DBA enables participants of the programme to develop a portfolio of skills for influencing management practice, conducting applied and field research, and teaching competently.

The SMU DBA offers a track on innovation.

Programme Structure


Component Credit Units Year Weightage (%)
Foundation Courses 2 1 & 2 35
Core Courses 6
Elective Courses 4
Introductory Research Project 1
Competency Workshops 1
Dissertation 26 3 & 4 65
40 Credit Units
4 Years


Please refer to the detailed DBA curriculum for more information.


The SMU DBA is taught and supervised by senior professors who have extensive teaching, practice and consultancy experience, and whose research work focuses on user-driven issues.

You may also benefit from SMU’s network of visiting scholars, who may teach in some courses or deliver research seminars.

Please refer to a list of several DBA faculty members.


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