Faculty of Business

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

2 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)



  • Mode of Study: PolyU DBA (MoI: Chinese supplemented with English) is a mixed-mode programme. Students may have either a full-time study load (take at least 9 credits in a semester) or a part-time study load (take fewer than 9 credits in a semester).

  • Duration of Study: Students who wish to extend their studies beyond the normal duration should submit an application to the Faculty of Business for consideration.

  • Medium of Instruction: Chinese supplemented with English.

  • This programme is offered subject to approval.


Note to Applicants

  • We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - 30-Apr-2024
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme aims to educate senior executives to be “scholar-leaders” who are able to apply research findings to solve real-world management problems. It has been designed to integrate academic study and management practice such that these aspects will form a significant part of an individual’s business career. 


Upon completion of the programme, students will have acquired advanced knowledge, skills and intellectual abilities, as defined in the broad learning outcomes, which are underpinned by the specific learning objectives below.

General Business Knowledge

  • Update, broaden, and deepen students’ knowledge of business administration in general, and give them an appreciation of digital transformation in the business world

Specialist Knowledge

  • Endow students with detailed knowledge of a specialist area, including a basic understanding of the impacts of digital technology on the area

Applied Research

  • Hone students’ abilities to conduct original applied research and display ethical awareness in business administration




Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) 

In 2010, the AACSB International accredited the Faculty of Business, in recognition of its business education.


European Foundation for Management Development Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) 

In 2007, the EQUIS accredited the Faculty of Business, in recognition of its programmes, research and associated activities.


International Collaboration

Collaborations have been established with the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, UK, to enhance the international dimension and academic vigour of the PolyU DBA (MoI: Chinese supplemented with English). 


The IMD was ranked among the world’s top three providers of executive education for 10 successive years (2012–2022) by the Financial Times. 


The LSE was ranked top in Europe and second in the world in social science and management subjects for the ninth consecutive year in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.


Technological Element in the Curriculum

Five topics – artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, data science and entrepreneurship – have been embedded into the programme across a wide range of subjects to help students embrace technological changes and digital transformation. 


Our curriculum is aimed at fostering students’ awareness of the impact of technological innovations, in addition to enabling them to handle data and use technology to tackle business and organisational challenges while enhancing their management and leadership skills.

Recognition & Prospects
  • Earn a professional doctorate

  • Transform your knowledge and experience into a practice-based academic framework

  • Trust our experience: the PolyU DBA has been running for 27 years, was the first professional doctorate in business administration launched in Hong Kong, and has the largest DBA alumni communities in Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland

  • Choose your preferred study mode: 2-year full-time or 3-year part-time modes

  • Gain an understanding of the impacts of digital technology and develop an appreciation of digital transformation to strengthen your leadership and performance


Programme Structure

  • Students must complete 51 credits:

    • 24 credits of coursework: 1 Compulsory, 2 Core and 5 Elective Subjects (3 credits each) 

    • 3 credits of Residentials: Residential 1 (1 credit) and Residential 2 (2 credits)

    • 24 Thesis credits: Thesis I (8 credits) and Thesis II (16 credits) 

  • All taught subjects are at an advanced level, and students are assumed to have prior knowledge of each subject area.

  • There is an exit award of a Master of Science in Management Research Studies for students who complete all 24 credits of coursework, all 3 credits of the 2 compulsory Residentials and the 8 credits of Thesis I (35 credits in total).

  • The curriculum includes technological content such as data analytics tools, digital technology and the business world, the impact of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) on leadership, and qualitative and experimental designs in relation to AI and entrepreneurship research.


Compulsory Subjects 

  • Business Research Analysis & Design 

  • DBA Residential 1 

  • DBA Residential 2 

  • DBA Thesis I 

  • DBA Thesis II 


Core Subjects^ (any two) 

  • Econometrics Methods 

  • Qualitative Research & Experimental Design 

  • Statistical Analysis for Management Research


Elective Subjects^ (any five) 

  • Advanced Business Strategy

  • Advanced Financial Management

  • Advanced Topics in Economics for Managers

  • Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting & Corporate Disclosures

  • Current Issues in Organisational Behaviour

  • Frontier of Leadership Research

  • Incentives & Monitoring in Accounting

  • Independent Studies in Business

  • Independent Studies in Business - International Collaborations Experience

  • Services Marketing Management

  • Strategic Management of Information & Organisation in Digital Economy

  • Strategic Marketing

  • Strategic Quality Management

  • Strategic Supply Chain & Logistics Management 



^ 1. Normally, each subject will be offered once during the 2-year or 3-year study modes. However, depending on factors such as staff availability, student enrolment and programme resources, some subjects may not be offered during either study mode. Registration is limited by a quota. 

2. Programme structure and subject details (e.g. subject description form, offer pattern and class timetable) are periodically reviewed and subject to change.


DBA Residentials 

Attendance at the 2 DBA Residentials is compulsory. 


DBA Residential 1 is a mandatory orientation workshop scheduled for the beginning of the programme in August/September. 


DBA Residential 2 is a research workshop normally held after students have completed all the required subjects. The main purpose of the workshop is to give students an opportunity to present their thesis proposals and prepare them for writing their theses. 


DBA Thesis 

Students must pass the Compulsory Subject, 2 Core Subjects and at least 3 Elective Subjects before beginning their theses, in which they integrate and apply what they have learned to critically and rigorously examine a topic of interest in the field of business or management. They are challenged to write a thesis that makes an important contribution to and/or generates innovative insights into the practice of management.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director 
Prof. JIANG Li 


Deputy Programme Director 
Dr Katherine FENG 

Programme List Remarks

(This programme is offered subject to approval)

Subject Area
Business Administration
Entrance Requirements
  • A Master's degree, preferably in a business-related area;  

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

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


If a candidate is not a native speaker of English and does not possess a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent qualification awarded by an institution in which the medium of instruction is English, he/she will be expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English-language requirement or to pass a written English test organised by the University.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for admission interviews.


General Enquiries:  
Tel: (852) 3400 3234 / (852) 3400 2584  
Email: fbdbace@polyu.edu.hk


Academic Enquiries:  
Dr Katherine FENG, Deputy Programme Director  
Tel: (852) 2766 7127  
Email: katherine.feng@polyu.edu.hk

Other Information

Class Schedule

  • Most classes are scheduled on weekends, depending on the final arrangement of the programme.

Initial Registration Credits


Tuition Fee

HK$1,504,500 per programme (HK$29,500 per credit) for local and non-local students

Additional Documents Required
Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate



Candidates are required to submit the following documents at the time of application:

  • A personal statement
  • Proof of employment (at least 8 years)
  • Academic qualifications (such as graduation certificates and transcripts of studies) that are not in English should be accompanied by an official certified English translation


Additional documents may need to be provided. 


An incomplete application cannot be processed promptly and will reduce your chance of admission. Please complete all relevant fields on the application form and enclose all necessary documents.

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