Doctor of Business Administration (part time)

Doctor of Business AdministrationDoctor of Business Administration (part time)

Cork Road
4 years
31 Aug 20

We will commence with a new DBA group next semester (January 2020).logo

What is the Doctor of Business Administration?

The DBA programme focuses on the application of theoretical knowledge to the advancement of management and business practice, and is designed to develop the analytical, conceptual, and critical thinking skills of senior business and management professionals.

This is a distinctive, research-issue driven programme that is orientated towards senior executives in managerial roles, and combines workplace and professional engagement with the scholarly rigour of the academic institution. This qualification is increasingly recognised by international business and management schools as the most appropriate post-MBA (or equivalent Master degree) route to combining academic research on management and business with further personal and professional development.

LogoThe four year part time programme is innovative in its structure, combining three significant milestones on the doctoral process; advanced research skills workshops, cumulative paper series and the completion of the DBA thesis, all of whichcentres around addressing an organisational issue of interest.  The programme is designed to facilitate senior manager access, with a 2-3 day block on campus each semester. The WIT DBA utilises a blended learning approach, combining the latest technologies for remote access and communications.

We are both delighted to have been accepted as a member of the global Executive DBA Council.”                Dr. Patricia Bowe / Dr Seán Byrne, DBA Programme Leaders

Special Feature

The programme allows participants’ to understand prevailing practices in the subject area of their field of research; to acquire the necessary understanding and expertise in appropriate research design, data- collection methods and data-analysis techniques; to conduct, write-up and disseminate high-quality research of doctoral standard; and to achieve a greater level of effectiveness in managing business innovation and change. 

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Our next intake for the DBA programme will be January 2020. You can register your interest at [email protected] inserting "DBA Next Intake" in the subject line, and include in the main body of the message: your full name, organisation and position, and telephone and email contact details. We will then contact you in due course to let you know the date of our next open evening for the programme together with full details of the application process.

The DBA is the international post-masters qualification for senior management advancement. This business doctorate develops management expertise through rigorous research design, positioning the DBA graduate for rapid organisation and career progression.



We aim to develop the participant’s ability to undertake independent research at an advanced level and make a significant contribution to knowledge and professional practice through the evaluation of business management structures, contexts and processes.

Through the application of research to business problems and issues, the programme focuses on the skills required to contribute to the enrichment of trans-disciplinary professional practice in management, and to lead organisations facing a complex global business environment.

This three-stage programme concentrates on the enhancement of professional practice by: 

  • Focusing on professional development

  • Enhancing enterprise leadership & development skills

  • Assimilating knowledge

  • Honing analytical, conceptual & critical thinking skills

  • Developing advanced research skills

Following completion of a series of workshops in Stage 1, participants will submit a research proposal, to be presented at a doctoral colloquium. Students will then research and write up a series of research papers in Stage 2, guided by an academic mentor and a WIT working paper series, before submitting and defending their thesis in Stage 3 of the programme. 


pdf Doctorate in Business Adiministration Phases 1, 2 and 3 Models

This programme is intended to meet the strong demand for professionals who have completed a high level of training in management and business-related areas, and who possess highly developed skills in undertaking research. Applicants should also display a competence in solving problems analytically and in separating opportunities and challenges in terms of cause and effect.
Specifically, we look for:

  • MBA (or equivalent Master degree)

  • Five years management experience, ideally at senior level

  • Satisfactory performance at the admission interview 

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.


Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at

How to Apply

This next iteration of this programme will commence in January 2020. Applications for this programme are made online by going to

pdf   Postgraduate Business user guide on making an application through PAC  


In the interim, please feel free to contact Professor Denis Harrington, Head of Graduate Business at [email protected]   if you wish to have an informal discussion about the WIT DBA.

More Student Stories

"I found the DBA in WIT to be both stretching and fulfilling.  It is ideal for managers and executives seeking a programme with academic rigour, that will cultivate research skills whilst always recognising the importance of a practical contribution arising from the research.  The programme’s structure means that firstly it is not necessary to be based near WIT and secondly, it can be combined effectively with work and other commitments.  The programme faculty are approachable and supportive and work with you to help overcome the research challenges encountered and to create a rich learning experience.  The DBA requires significant effort but is extremely worthwhile."

Dr. Louise Doyle, General Manager – HR Leadership, Education and Talent Development


“The DBA program at WIT is rewarding and challenging. The academic rigour of the program and the balance between research and practice is impressive. The WIT students and faculty are very supportive and the online library resources are outstanding. The program is well suited for a busy executive who might not live in the Waterford area.”

Dr. Peggy Coady, Accounting & Auditing Director, Memorial University of Newfoundland


“[The DBA] ...supports the national initiatives to build a truly learning economy in Ireland. We would hope that some of our experienced members would be attracted to the initiative”

Dr. Ronan O'Loughlin, Director of Education and Training, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland


“I  found the DBA programme at WIT to be a world class development opportunity. For me it was a hugely rewarding learning experience that encouraged both deep academic and practical learning in a highly structured but real world way.  The programme itself was both challenging and intense but the academic and professional support I received from the WIT team was superb.  At times it wasn't easy but I would do it again in a heartbeat"

Dr. David Dempsey, Senior Vice President for Ireland

Course Leader

  • Prof. Denis Harrington

    B.Comm (Hons), MBA, PhD, FRSA - Head of Department of Graduate Business

    Tel: 51302427 Email: [email protected]

  • Course Leader

    • Dr. Sean Byrne

      BA ACMA MBS PhD - Lecturer in Accounting and Research Methods

      Tel: 51302464 Email: [email protected]

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