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Entrance Requirements

Applying for the PolyU Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme

  • A Master's degree, preferably in a business-related area; and

  • Substantial managerial experience (at least 8 years) at a senior level.

  • Candidates in senior management positions possessing a recognized first degree and membership of a recognized professional body may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If the applicants are not a native speaker of English, and do not possess a Bachelor’s or Master's degree or equivalent qualification which is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is English, they are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement. Please refer to the "Admissions Requirements" section for Taught Postgraduate Programmes at Study@PolyU for details.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

Awards & Duration


Students are required to complete 51 credits including 8 taught subjects (a total of 24 credits), 2 DBA Residentials (1 credit for Residential 1 and 2 credits for Residential 2) and a DBA Thesis (8 credits for Thesis I and 16 credits for Thesis II).

There is a possible exit award of Master of Science in Management Research Studies for students who have completed the 8 taught subjects, 2 DBA Residentials, and passed DBA Thesis I (thesis proposal presentation) (a total of 35 credits).



The normal duration for DBA full-time study option is 2 years and 3 years for DBA part-time study option. Students who wish to extend their studies beyond normal duration should submit an application to Research and Postgraduate Studies Section of the Faculty of Business for consideration.


Fees for the entire PolyU DBA programme for 2024/25 intake: HK$953,700 (51 credits)

Fees for 8 taught subjects HK$448,800 (24 credits)
Fees for the DBA Thesis I and II HK$448,800 (24 credits)
Fees for 2 DBA Residentials HK$56,100 (1 credit for DBA Residential 1 and 2 credits for DBA Residential 2)

Payment Schedule

Initial Payment Fees for 1 taught subject (HK$56,100) and DBA Residential 1 (HK$18,700) are payable upon acceptance of offer.
Interim Payments Fees for the remaining taught subjects are payable on a credit basis (HK$18,700 per credit). Amount payable depends on the number of subjects taken in that semester.

Fees for the 8-credit DBA Thesis I (HK$149,600) and DBA Residential 2 (HK$37,400) are payable upon registration for DBA Thesis I.
Final Payment Fee for the 16-credit DBA Thesis II (HK$299,200) is payable upon registration for DBA Thesis II.



Late applications will be considered subject to the availability of places. Please contact us at 3400 3234 or email as soon as possible for details.


Alumni Referral Scheme (Effective Date:1 February 2024)

As a PolyU DBA alumnus, you have the power to influence the future of the programme by referring a new DBA student. To show our appreciation, we will reward you with a one-year free library card for a successful referral. Please see the referral scheme details below.


PolyU Faculty of Business Doctoral Programme Alumni

Effective Date

1 February 2024

Alumni Referral Scheme Details

To earn a one-year free PolyU library card* (worth $1,000):

  • the referrer must refer a new DBA student who successfully enrols in the programme.

  • the applicant must include the referrer’s name on designated form upon Faculty of Business’s request.

A successfully enrolled student is someone who has settled the fees for one taught subject (HK56,100) and DBA Residential 1 (HK18,700) on accepting the programme offer.

*One-year free library card:


The applicant will need to submit the designated form requested by the Faculty of Business. Please contact us at (852) 3400 3572 or for more information.

Terms and conditions
  1. The applicant cannot be:
    1. a PolyU staff member

    2. a PolyU DBA student who has enrolled in the programme before September 2024 (when admission for the 2025/26 academic year starts)

    3. a PolyU DBA applicant who has submitted their application before 1 February 2024.

  2. The referrer cannot be a PolyU staff member.

  3. The referrer can only receive one free library card for one year, regardless of the number of successful referrals for a given admission year.

  4. In case of any dispute, the decision of the FB will be final.


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