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

Building on the success of our outgoing thesis-based DBA (offered since 2006), our new DBA Coursework (ProDBA) degree is the first DBA Coursework (ProDBA) degree in South Africa. This degree is designed to make important contributions to the enhancement of transdisciplinary professional practice in management and business administration. The degree pursues the application and development of theoretical frameworks, methods and techniques to solve practical business problems.

This professional doctoral programme offers a combination of both theoretical and applied research methodology courses. The programme offers students a rigorous, research-focused curriculum that emphasises research addressing the problems most relevant to managers. The DBA curriculum develops the applied research competencies necessary to create independent thinkers and problem-solvers. Executives equipped with these advanced research skills will be better prepared to discover and address the vexing problems that face complex organisations, lead change initiatives, improve general organisational performance and impact advanced business practice in innovative and sustainable ways.

The degree includes a taught component for credit and culminates in a thesis that is presented for examination. The DBA Coursework (ProDBA) 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.

For further information, please contact bsapplications@mandela.ac.za