Program Description

The DBA is a research-based doctoral program oriented to applied business management research designed primarily for working professionals who aspire to be leaders in their field or sector and who want to independently develop original, impactful research on the practice of management.  It is designed to combine the strengths of the professional doctorate with the research value and rigor common to a more traditional PhD. The program is designed to respond to the need for high quality, rigorous, relevant and applied research that bridges theory and practice and contributes to the advancement of the Canadian economy.  The program is a 60-credit program which normally takes four years to complete.  The program is delivered in a blended model, through a combination of short intensive residencies and online courses.  A candidacy examination, dissertation and oral defence will also be required. 

The DBA program will graduate leaders and practitioner-scholars, whose research contributions will impact management learning and practice in some or all of the following areas:

  1. Research & Development (R&D): R&D is fundamental to thriving societies and is the cornerstone of productivity and long-term economic prosperity.  In part, your research should respond to the need for high quality, rigorous, and impactful research devoted to the enhancement of innovative business practices and overall economic productivity with a particular focus on Canada’s place in the global world. 
  2. Management Practice:  DBA research should contribute to the development of professional, sustainable, value-driven, and innovative management practices and leadership.  Within this context, your research should produce relevant and actionable knowledge that bridges the gap between theory and practice. 
  3. Knowledge Economy:  DBA research will contribute to the advancement of the Canadian knowledge economy, fueled by business innovation, creativity, technology and knowledge transfer, productivity, and business integrity.
  4. Globalization: DBA research will contribute to the global advancement of management knowledge and promote its transferability between nations and disciplines.  In relation to this, your research could focus on global practices that include developed and developing world practices at the local, regional, and global levels.
  5. Sustainability:  At Royal Roads University, sustainability is intrinsically linked to our teaching and research mandate. Your research could consider sustainability through a transdisciplinary lens that incorporates the economic prosperity, social advancement, and environmental sustainability.