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DBA Degree

DBA Degree

Nelson Mandela University Business School is only the second Business School in Africa to be admitted to European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA) and have its DBA accredited by the organisation.

DBA explained

The DBA degree does not include a taught component for credit and is assessed solely on the basis of a thesis that is presented for examination. The thesis is examined by three external examiners, who are approved by our Faculty Management Committee on the basis of formal criteria. The DBA is awarded in recognition of the demonstration of high-level research competence that results in a substantial and original scholarly contribution in a business discipline or field.

Admission Requirements

The entrance requirement for the DBA is an MBA (MBL or a Masters completed in a Business Faculty also acceptable) from an accredited higher education institution with an overall average pass mark of 60% for the MBA as well as a treatise (mini-thesis) pass mark of 60% as a prerequisite. 

Submissions not complying with these requirements will not be considered.  Candidates who have not done a treatise/mini-dissertation/research project as part of their Masters degree will not be considered for the DBA programme.


The duration of the degree is minimum two and maximum six years. Appeals for extension can be made to the Faculty Management Committee and Post Graduate Committee via the Business School.


Application Deadlines

2020 Application Season Starts: 1 April 2019

Application Deadlines: 

Deadlines for students to submit research proposals to the Business School:

30 April 2019

31 July 2019

1 November 2019