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DBA Degree

ProDBA Curriculum

ProDBA Curriculum

The ProDBA curriculum consists of the following modules:

Module name Credits NQF Levelj
 Core:  The following modules are compulsory:    
 Advanced Business Administration  15 10
 Theory of Applied Research 30 10
 Advanced Research Techniques 35 10
 Research Project/Thesis 240 10
Electives:  In addition to the above, select ONE of the electives below:    
 Entrepreneurship 40 10
 Futures Studies (inactive) 40 10
 Leadership 40 10
 Operations Management  40 10
 Marketing 40 10
 General Management  40 10
 Strategic Management  40 10
 Supply Chain Management  40 10
 Financial Management 40 10
Total Credits Per Year   360


The following are the envisioned dates for the Block Release classes that will take place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Please note that the workload for each block will be finalised closer to the time.


Block 1 (7-12 February 2022)

Advanced Business Administration

Theory of Applied Research

Including writing a Paper



Block 2 (9-14 May 2022)

Theory of Applied Research

Advanced (Qualitative) Research Techniques

Advanced (Quantitative) Research Techniques

Electives (Including DBA Conference)


Block 3 (27 September – 2 October 2022)

Advanced (Quantitative) Research Techniques

Electives / Quantitative data-analysis                       

Electives (Including Workshop on Research Ethics; Workshop on Introduction to Literature Study Management software (Mendeley and/or Endnote; and Workshop on introduction to Qualitative data analysis software (ATLAS.ti and/or NVIVO).