Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Achieve the highest level of educational attainment.

About

The DBA degree programme is designed to deliver a high-quality doctoral education culminating with a major research study that effectively blends scholarly accomplishment with the practical application of theory, to develop leadership and other competencies valuable in the workplace and in the communities within which our students and graduates work and lead. 


The purpose of the Milpark DBA programme is to enable candidates to develop in-depth, advanced discipline-specific skills and applied competence in business administration to provide opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth, productive economic activity and making a rewarding contribution to society.

In addition, the programme aims to empower candidates to solve complex business-related problems in a focused way and to effectively manage and allocate resources, to communicate effectively, and to contribute to knowledge and socio-economic transformation in a responsible and ethical manner.

Furthermore, the programme endeavours to provide South Africa with highly skilled individuals, particularly from disadvantaged communities in business administration, in order to ensure that the leadership base of innovative and knowledge-based economic and scholarly activity is strengthened and diversified.

 

Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

An appropriate Master's degree.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)

Milpark admits a small number of students onto its programme via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants interested in applying via RPL will be considered individually by the Doctoral Research Committee.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Foreign applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide proof of proficiency in English prior to admission to the qualification. Foreign students who do not hold a South African matric certificate must present a matric verification from the South African Matriculation Board on application.

IT REQUIREMENTS

Minimum system requirements:

  • Reliable broadband Internet access
  • Firefox/Internet Explorer/Chrome web browser
  • Microsoft Word
  • PDF Viewer
  • Ability to scan and upload documents
  • Email/Cellphone for notification and communication.
Key Information

The Milpark DBA consists of two distinct phases:

(1) Proposal (initial and final)

(2) Candidacy

PROPOSAL PHASE

The proposal phase is split into two parts, namely initial proposal (concept) and final proposal with defence. Applications for the initial stage will be considered twice per annum, 31 October for the following January intake, and 30 April for the following mid-year (July) intake. Applicants will be required to upload the following documents in the application process:

  • Application form (Online)
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Academic transcripts and copies of qualification certificates
  • Biographical essay covering motivation and rationale for wanting to undertake doctoral studies

Once you have been admitted and registered for the initial proposal phase, you will be required to submit your initial proposal. The initial proposal of the intended research needs to be written in academic language and forms a very important part of the application documentation to be submitted. The initial proposal serves to demonstrate research ability at doctoral level, and to evaluate early on whether the intended research is viable and justifies doctoral research. It also serves to determine whether the research concept has been well thought through and whether it demonstrates commitment and suitability to the programme. The initial proposal should not exceed 4 500 words, excluding the reference list, and the prescribed template has to be used. This proposal will be considered by the Doctoral Research committee, which will make a decision on whether the student may proceed to the final proposal. The structure of the initial proposal must be submitted in the template which will be provided on registration.

Successful applicants will be eligible for registration onto the final proposal phase. Students now need to work towards preparation and submission of a full research proposal in the prescribed template, culminating in the defence of the final proposal with the Proposal Assessment Panel. A provisional supervisor is allocated to the student to provide guidance in the crafting of the proposal, and defence of the proposal has to take place no later than one year after registration. During this phase, students also have to attend a compulsory Advanced Research Methodology workshop.

CANDIDACY PHASE

Students who successfully defended their final proposals will be eligible to progress to and register onto the candidacy phase. It is only from this point that a student is registered as a doctoral candidate. Under the guidance of a supervisor, the candidate will work towards the writing up and submission of a doctoral thesis.

The minimum registration period is two years, and the maximum time allowed for completion is four years. During this phase candidates will also have to attend at least two colloquiums per year where they present their progress to a panel. The candidacy phase culminates in the submission of a thesis which is assessed by three examiners, followed by an oral defence of the thesis (viva voce) before final endorsement.

How to apply

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email as well as login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark, our online student environment.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.
Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.

Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.

Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.


Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment - proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Registration:

*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

All international students need to apply via the manual admission route and submit original certified documentation.

If the entry requirements for your chosen Milpark qualification is a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need to obtain an exemption certificate from Universities South Africa.   Visit http://mbit-application.usaf.ac.za/assessment/ for further information.

If the entry requirement for your chosen Milpark qualification is a prior undergraduate qualification, you need to obtain a certificate of equivalence for the foreign qualification(s) completed. Visit https://dfqeas.saqa.co.za/dfqeas/user/home for further information.

  1. Students enrolling via distance learning:
    • do not need to comply with any visa or residency requirements.
    • will conclude admission and registration processes at a distance.
    • will receive study materials via courier in their country of residence.
    • will receive support via distance methods.

    Note: Students are liable for additional costs in respect of courier and examinations.
    Please contact the student service centre 086 999 0001 for further information.

  2. Distance learning students who want to visit South Africa to attend a single short workshop or write an examination at a local venue, have to do so based on the normal visa/visiting requirements as stipulated by the Department of International Affairs (or Home Affairs).

    Note: Such a visit does not imply permission to remain in South Africa indefinitely based on registration at Milpark Education.

  3. Distance learning students are not allowed to provide a South African residential or postal address. Such registrations will not be concluded as the normal visa/study permit requirements have to be complied with as for contact/residential students below.

Contact learning

International students who do not have permanent residence in South Africa or who are not South African citizens need to follow the steps below:

Step 1

Consult their embassy/ Department of International Relations/ South African Embassy for specific prerequisites with regards to the legal requirements for registration with a South African academic institution.

Step 2

Obtain:

  • An official provisional admission letter from Milpark.
  • Proof of medical cover. The relevant South African law states:

"In terms of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations, any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998."

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs.
  • Proof of a cash deposit or bank guarantee equivalent to airfare or transportation costs to the student’s country of origin for repatriation purposes or forfeiture to the state should permit conditions not be complied with.
  • A medical certificate — a clean bill of health is required.

Step 3

Apply for a study permit by submitting Form 1 to the local Department of International Relations/South African Embassy.
The student will need to provide the embassy with an undertaking that they will leave South Africa on completion of her/his studies.

NB: Students should await the outcome of their application prior to making travel arrangements to South Africa.

Step 4

If a student is able to obtain a study permit on time, then they may continue with their application for full admission and registration for their selected modules.

NB: A certified copy of the International student’s passport together with a certified copy of a valid study permit must/will be kept in the student’s record file at Milpark Education. If a student is unable to obtain a study permit on time, then they must postpone their programme until the date on which they are in possession of a study permit.

 

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