Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

Programme Description

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Duration/Mode of Programme






2 academic years

3 academic years

6 academic years


3 academic years

6 academic years

8 academic years


Entry Requirements

Programme Structure

Ph.D. in Business Administration programme consists of 12 Cr. Hrs. of course work (4 courses) and 60 Cr. Hrs. of dissertation. The course work consists of three (3) core courses and one (1) elective course. The courses are to be taken in the first year of study. 


Core Courses

Course Code

Course Name

ECON 7910

Research Methods

MGT 7000

Quantitative Research Methods

ACC 7025

Qualitative Research

As for the remaining course students will be given the option of choosing one from the following :

Elective Courses

Course Code

Course Name

ECON 9010

Economic Theory

MGT 7264

Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Management


Students will proceed to do research once they complete all the courses. At the research stage, students need to prepare and defend their research proposals. Once the proposals approved, the candidates will continue with their research. The final research work (thesis) needs to be defended in a viva voce.


A relevant Bachelor's degree with good grades (CGPA 3.0) from an accredited instituion of higher learning or any other certificates recognized to be equivalent to a Bachelor's degree and with relevant professional experience.

A relevant Master's degree (CGPA 3.0) from an accredited institution of higher learning.


In addition to the Kulliyyah requirements, an applicant must produce satisfactory proof of proficiency of English Language by :

The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 or
The International English Language Testing Services (IELTS) with a score of 6.0 or
The IIUM-administered English Placement Test (EPT) with a minimum score 6.0.

Research Proposal Guidelines

* All information is correct at the time of publication. All requirements are subject to amendment by the Management of International Islamic University Malaysia.