Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program
DBA Thesis Requirements and Supervision
Details related to the requirements of thesis at the institution are provided in the “Thesis Handbook: Graduate School”. Students are therefore required to read carefully the Thesis Handbook in order to thoroughly familiarize themselves with the applicable regulations.
As far as supervision of thesis research is concerned it is to be noted that the DBA thesis supervisor generally looks at the scientific work being prepared by the student, supervises it, and is committed to ensuring that quality standards of the work are being met. The supervisor is a person with the requisite academic qualification and experience in the chosen field of the thesis research. The supervisor has expert knowledge of the field in which the student is carrying out his/her research. The Supervisor’s task is to guide the DBA student from commencement of the research through the oral presentation and defense of the completed research work (DBA viva).
The thesis supervisor has to ensure that the DBA student takes initiatives and is creative. The supervisor has the duty to inform the director of the program on all matters related to the supervision of the DBA student. The director, in turn, informs the DBA Program Committee on all matters related to the DBA program.
The thesis supervisor is required to sign the Thesis Approval Form. Additionally, the DBA Academic Coordinator is required to sign the thesis approval form. The signature of the Academic Coordinator is an assertion of the authenticity of the adviser’s signature and of the acceptability of the thesis to the Graduate School. Therefore, this signature must be original. All required signatures must be submitted to the Graduate School on the same form in support of the thesis deposit.
A DBA degree candidate studying full-time is expected to complete all degree requirements within three (3) years of first registering as a degree-seeking student in the DBA program. A DBA degree candidate studying part-time is expected to complete all degree requirements within five (5) years of first registering as a degree-seeking student in the DBA program. Details regarding DBA thesis requirements are provided in the publication “Theses Handbook: Graduate School”.