Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Dba

By | January 21, 2019

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Dba,The Doctorate in Business Administration at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa is an education programme is one of four accredited DBA degrees in all of South Africa, and offers MBA graduates an excellent continuation of study in the field of business administration.

NMMU’s Doctorate in Business Administration is designed to address the research and advanced knowledge needs of management and businesspractitioners. Students are trained in addressing the personal and career development needs which professional and business people demand to increase their own performance as well as the performance of their organisations.

Education modules included in the Doctorate in Business Administration are:

  • International and Strategic Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Emerging Markets
  • Lean Business and Operations Management

Upon completion of the Doctorate in Business Administration, graduates are well-prepared to launch successful careers in the field of business administration.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the Doctorate in Business Administration at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa are:

  • completion of an MBA degree or its equivalent, or as otherwise approved by the HOD in terms of the guidelines approved by Faculty Board. The candidate must have obtained an aggregate mark of at least 65%, as well as a 65% pass mark for the treatise, research project or mini-dissertation
  • Business and/or managerial experience which will provide an adequate basis for the proposed field of study
  • Admission is subject to the availability of a suitably qualified and experienced supervisor

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

2019 Application Season Starts: 1 April 2018

Application Deadlines: 

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

30 April 2018

31 July 2018

31 October 2018