Doctor of Business Administration

The HELP Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree seeks to prepare discerning individuals who are committed to personal, professional and organisational growth.


The HELP Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree seeks to prepare discerning individuals who are committed to personal, professional and organisational growth. It is offered through a blend of taught subjects, workshops/seminars and supervised research. It is designed to make a contribution to the enhancement of trans-disciplinary professional practice in business management disciplines, in addition to a contribution to knowledge via the development and application of theoretical frameworks, methods, and techniques within the context of practice to address real-world business issues.

Students will not only be able to bring new and relevant scholarship to bear on new business and management issues, but they can also create, apply, integrate and present scholarly research to both academic and non-academic audiences and adopt innovative solutions to business problems and opportunities.

Rolling Intake

Minimum 3 years to complete the 2 phases degree

HELP Damansara



RM44,000 (20%)

*Subject to be reviewed annually. HELP University reserves the right to revise the information in line with updates from time to time.

Course Code
JPT/BPP(U) (R2/340/8/0379) (A8927) 06/23

Why study Doctor of Business Administration at HELP's ELM Graduate School?

ELM is the acronym for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management. It reflects the School's understanding of the multifaceted role of both individuals and organisations that at any one time the trinitarian role of entrepreneurship, leadership and management interplays to create, manage and sustain a business over different phases of its life.

The ELM Framework underlies our philosophy of the ELM Graduate School executive education and the way we teach and learn business in the HELP Group. It synthesises relevant theoretical constructs and integrates them into a practical system of decision-making for ELM. It is a useful tool for facilitating thinking out the right business model and strategy execution.

The ELM approach is used in our teaching and learning in the ELM Graduate School. This is the multi-perspective lens that we use to identify, respond and adapt to education, enterprise and execution.

This unique framework shapes our postgraduate programmes and brings depth and practical value to the knowledge and experience that all our students will no doubt gain.

Programme Overview

Entry Requirements
Career Pathways
  • Course Structure


    • Case and Research Methodology A
    • Case and Research Methodology B
    • Emerging Issues in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management
    • Emerging Issues in Economics
    • Optimizing Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • Emerging Issues in Marketing Management and Research
    • Managing Risks in International Environment
    • Emerging Issues in Financial Decision Making
    • Strategic Opportunities and Decision Making
    • Emerging Issues in Corporate Governance and Accountability


    • Dissertation (Minimum word count of 60,000)
  • Assessment


    In Phase 1 – there are two assignments for each course to enable students to demonstrate that they have successfully met the learning outcomes : Assignment I (40%) and Assignment II(60%) which may be demonstrated through written assignment, mini proposal, individual and/or group presentation. Students will be provided with the rubric of assessment.


    In Phase II -students are required to complete a supervised dissertation, defend their research proposal and sit for the final oral defence to graduate.

  • Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must have one of the following entry requirements:

    • A Master’s degree in business or management or related or professional disciplines from a recognised university, preferably with adequate relevant experience in business and industry.
    • International applicants are required to fulfil a minimum score of 6.0 for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the equivalent.

Here are the career pathways for graduates who complete the Doctor of Business Administration programme. 

  • Possibly Career Pathways

    • Academia
    • Executive Leadership
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Analyst
    • Consultant
    • Economist
    • C-Suite Executive
    • Think Tanks and Research
    • Specialised Fields
    • Operations Manager
    • CEO