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  DETAIL INFORMATION
. :. AT A GLANCE - Our DBA and Ph.D.
. :. Nature of the Doctoral Programmes
. :. Programme Learning Outcome
. :. Eligibility for Admission
. :. Passing the Coursework
. :. Research Supervision
. :. Thesis Examination
. :. Milestones in DBA
. :. Milestones in Ph.D
   
  DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES
  GSB offers two academic programmes at the doctoral level: the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with options to major and minor within the four traditional Business functional areas, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) with options for specializations in Finance/ Marketing/ Management (Organizational Behaviour/ HRM, Strategy/ Operations).
 
 
 
INTAKE
FEBRUARY AND SEPTEMBER
 

IMPORTANT DATE

SEPTEMBER INTAKE -
Semester I, 2014/15
(Closing date: International - 31 May 2014)
(Closing date: Malaysian - 30 June 2014)
 
 
.. AT A GLANCE - Our DBA and Ph.D. Programmes  
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  Name of Programme/ Degree
  Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  Type of programme
  By Coursework + Dissertation
  By Thesis (with coursework as pre-requisite)
  Most suitable career prospects
  Business Academic, Senior Researcher, Business Consultant, senior positions in corporate and public sectors
  Business Academic, Senior Researcher,Finance/ Management/ Marketing Consultant
  Priority Consideration for Admission
  Applicants with the following qualifications:-
  MBA (general)/ with other qualifications in disciplines related to Economics, Business and Commerce who do not have any theses' research experience.
  Applicants with Master of Finance / Marketing/ Master's in specific areas within Management (e.g. HRM, Operations Research, Strategy) and other specialized areas within Business and Management discipline.
  + Applicants with thesis research experience.
  Expected duration up to thesis submission
  3.5 to 6 years (7-12 semesters) of full-time study;
  4 to 7 years (8-14 semesters) of part-time study
  3.5 to 6 years (7-12 semesters) of full-time study
  4 to 7 years (8-14 semesters) of part-time study
  Competency level assessments/
  Requirements for award of doctoral degree
  Pass all coursework (with minimum 'B' grade for every course) & minimum of 3.0 CGPA every semester
  + Pass 2 Comprehensive Exam. Papers
  + Pass Dissertation Proposal Examination
  + Present Research-in-Progress at Doctoral Colloquium
  + Pass Dissertation Examination
  Pass all coursework (with 'Pass' grade)
  + Pass Thesis Proposal Examination
  + Present Research-in-Progress at Doctoral Colloquium
  +Pass Thesis Examination
  Coursework
  38 units comprising :-
  + 2 Core courses
  + 5 'Research Skills' courses
  + 5 courses in the 'Major' field
  + 2 courses in the 'Minor' field
  5 'Research Skills' courses
  + 3 courses in the 'Specialization' area
  Coursework -Specialisation areas
  Choose one Major field and one Minor field from the following:-
  +Finance;
  +Management (e.g. Organizational Behaviour, HRM, Strategy, Operations Management);
  +Marketing
  Choose one of the following 'Specialisation' areas:-
  +Finance;
  +Management (e.g. Organizational Behaviour, HRM, Strategy, Operations Management);
  +Marketing
  Admission Requirements
  Excellent academic records with good Master's and Bachelor's Degrees related to Economics, Business/ Commerce discipline
  + Recommendations from 2 Academic Referees
  + High proficiency in English
  Excellent academic records with good Master's and Bachelor's Degrees relevant to the specialized area of the thesis
  + PhD thesis research proposal in a specialized area within Business
  + Recommendations from 2 Academic Referees
  + High proficiency in English
  Predominant language in class interactions
  English. Thesis and assignments can be written in either English or the Malay language
  English. Thesis and assignments can be written in either English or the Malay language
  Class Schedule
  Classes held during office hours
  Classes held during office hours
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Nature of the Doctoral Programmes in GSB-UKM

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Our doctoral programmes are specially designed for the academic, research and consultancy professions. They are intensively research-driven, and aimed to generate scholarly research that will significantly contribute to the theory and methodology of the Business discipline. Hence, they are rigorous and demanding, assuring mastery of the discipline at an advanced level.
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The breadth and depth of the knowledge expected for DBA graduates, for example, are reflective of our commitment to excellence and quality, as well as for relevance and rigour, with a flexible curriculum offering options to pursue special interest areas within business, management and finance fields.
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For our PhD. (thesis) programmes too, the mandatory coursework assures that vital relevant theories, conceptual frameworks, and research skills be equipped to groom our doctoral students for innovative research at the frontiers of knowledge, within Business specialised discipline(s) of their choice.
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Program Learning Outcomes of the D.B.A. and Doctor of Philosophy (Finance/ Management/ Marketing) Programmes
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At the doctoral level, these degree programmes at GSB will further advance knowledge, skills and competencies previously acquired at Master's level. The skills enhanced will enable graduates to undertake their own original research at the frontiers of knowledge. Graduates of these D.B.A. and Ph.D. programmes at UKM-GSB are expected to command the ability to demonstrate the following competencies:-
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Social skills and ethical values conforming to professional academic standards.
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Mastery of a broad and in-depth knowledge of the theory and empirical literature of the Management/ Finance/ Marketing discipline that will extend and create new knowledge, as well as develop new insights in these disciplines.
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Ability to evaluate and synthesize scholarly literature to generate research that will significantly contribute to new knowledge in Management/ Finance/ Marketing.
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Conceptual, methodological and analytical skills to conceptualize, design, undertake and report their own original research that transcends knowledge frontiers and yield new innovations in the field of Management/ Finance/ Marketing.
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Ability to diagnose complex Management/ Finance/ Marketing problems that prevail in organizations, in the country, or across countries, and competent in seeking solutions to such problems in these disciplines.
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Effective communication skills with peers, the academic community and the public, as well as in the Management/ Finance/ Marketing discipline through coherent writing and efficient verbal communications.
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Understand the impact of current international developments on local Management/ Finance/ Marketing practice and ability to think and take actions in a global and multicultural setting.
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Potential in leading research in the Management/ Finance/ Marketing discipline and demonstrate teamwork skills.
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Proficiency in generating and managing information and demonstrate life-long learning skills.
 
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Eligibility for Admission
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For admission into the DBA programme, applicants of advantage are those with proven excellent academic records with good Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in fields related to Economics, Business and Commerce, such as general MBA, Master of Economics, M.A. Public Administration. (They are generally applicants without thesis experience in the Business discipline).
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For admission into the PhD. (thesis) programme, mastery in the specialized area within Business/Management at the Master's level that is relevant to the intended specialized field of study, will be considered favourably (e.g. Those with Master of Marketing applying to conduct PhD research in the Marketing discipline, will have an advantage). Applicants need to write a Ph.D. proposal (of 1,500-2,000 words) in the intended specialized area of thesis. This has to be furnished in the application package, as it is a key consideration in the selection decision for admission into the Ph.D. (thesis) programmes. This research proposal brief should include the following sections: 'problem statement', 'literature review and conceptual framework', 'proposed methodology', managerial implications' and 'key references'.
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Candidates with thesis research experience will have a special advantage to be considered for admission into the Ph.D. (thesis) program.
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Recommendations from at least two academic referees (persons who have taught the candidates) with their signatures on the prescribed forms.
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Recipients of scholarship awards and candidates with study leave and/or those working in educational institutions, will be given priority consideration for admission.
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  English Language Requirement for Admission  
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Foreign applicants whose native language is not English, and local applicants intending to write their theses in the English language, should demonstrate a strong command of the English language, with either TOEFL score of minimum 550 (paper based)/ 213 (computer based), or IELTS - band 6.5.
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Applicants who in their Master's education used English as the language of instruction should provide evidence of this in the application for admission.
 
  Admission Procedure  
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All applications must be made using the prescribed forms accessible from the GSB’s website at http://www.ukm.my/gsbukm/gsb_Admission.html. The completed forms are to be mailed directly to GSB’s office. Certified supporting documents with detailed academic transcripts including grades of all courses taken must be accompanied by the completed application form. All applications including candidates’ credentials are assessed based on individual merit by GSB’s Graduate Committee.
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All applications (including candidates' credentials) are assessed on individual merit by GSB's Graduate Committee, in the decision to offer places for admission.
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Should an application be received too late for admission for a particular intake, it will be considered for the next intake in the forthcoming semester available for admission into the programme. Candidates will be admitted into the programme for studies commencing in September (first semester) and February (Second semester).
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Passing the Coursework
Students need to achieve a minimum grade of B for every course taken and a cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A). of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) to remain in the programme. Since courses are pre-requisites to support thesis research, PhD (thesis) students will get a 'Pass'/'Fail' grade for each course taken. PhD. students also need to pass all required courses to be eligible to advance to the thesis research stage.
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*The Independent Study Project: This project aims to provide practical field experience in testing the feasibility of the student's Doctoral thesis/ dissertation proposal, before the proposal can be presented for examination. Here, the student works with an active researcher on his/her project. He/she has to present this project's empirical findings for evaluation. This work is expected to yield a publishable paper. This course is compulsory for both DBA and PhD. students to complete their DBA 'Major' / PhD. 'Specialisation area' course requirement. It will be taken in the last semester to complete their coursework. All 'Research Skills' courses and other required courses in the student's 'Major' or 'Specialisation area' need to be passed before undertaking this project.
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The DBA Comprehensive Exam is taken after the student has completed all course requirements in the DBA programme. Essentially, this examination tests whether a candidate has acquired the minimum level competency for independent research at the Doctoral level. Specifically, it tests a student's ability to reflect upon, integrate and synthesise knowledge across the various courses taken within each of the 'Major' and 'Minor' fields. This exam comprises two papers, with Paper 1 covering the 'Major' area and Paper 2 covering the 'Minor' area. Passing both papers will qualify the candidate to proceed to the dissertation stage.

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Research Supervision
Once PhD (thesis) students have passed all required courses and their comprehensive exams, they begin to consult a prospective supervisor on their Proposal and a supervisory committee. A Supervisory Committee comprising a Chair and at least two other members will then be formally appointed by the Dean of GSB, to guide, advise, monitor and assess the student's work throughout the dissertation/thesis research and writing phase. The dissertation/thesis proposal has to be formally presented and examined for approval, before the candidate qualifies to proceed to the dissertation/thesis research. Before submitting their thesis/dissertation for examination, candidates are expected to present their research-in-progress, as well as participate actively in GSB's Doctoral Colloquiums.
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Thesis Examination
The Doctoral degree is conferred after the candidate has fully satisfied the requirements of the thesis/dissertation examination committee. This involves assessment by at least one external examiner (whose appointment is approved by the UKM Senate). Besides the candidate's supervisory committee, an independent assessor also examines the candidate's research at the dissertation/thesis proposal stage, as well as at the final dissertation/thesis submission stage.
 
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RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES TO BE TAKEN & MILESTONES IN DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (D.B.A.) PROGRAMME FOR FULL-TIME STUDY COMMENCING SEMESTER 1, ACADEMIC SESSION 1
 

DBA Programme Structure

Coursework - 38 units:-
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2 'Core' courses + 5 'Research Skills' courses (17 units)
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5 courses in the Major field - courses in either Management, Finance, or Marketing areas (15 units)
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2 courses in the Minor field {from one of the other 2 areas not chosen for the Major} (6 units)
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Dissertation - 31 units
  Total - 69 units
Semester 1, academic session 1
Semester 2, academic session 1
1 'Core' Courses (Advanced Organizational Management)
2 'Research Skills' courses (Literature Review; Research Method for Business)
1 course in the Major field
(Student's 1st Semester)
1 core course (Macroeconomics)
2 'Research Skills' courses (Conceptual Design and Advance Quantitative Techniques)
1 course in major field and 1 course in minor field
(Student's 2nd Semester)
Semester 1, academic session 2
Semester 1, academic session 2
1 reserch skill course (Qualitative Method)
1 course in minor field
Complete course requirement in the Minor Field
Complete 'Research Skills' course requirement (Advanced Quantitative techniques)
(Student's 3rd semester)
Independent Study Project in the Major area'*
Plan Formation of Dissertation Committee
 
(Student's 4th semester)
Semester 1, academic session 3
Semester 2, academic session 3
Take comprehensive exam Paper 1 (Major field)
Take comprehensive exam Paper 2 (Minor field)
Form of Dissertation Committee
Finalize Dissertation Proposal
(Student's 5th semester)
Presentation of Dissertation Proposal for Examination
Submit Student's Dissertation Progress Report at the end of this semester
 
(Student's 6th semester)
Semester 1, academic session 4
Semester 2, academic session 4
Dissertation Research & Writing
Submit Student's Dissertation Progress Report at the end of this semester
Submit Student's Dissertation Progress Report at the end of this semester
Give notice (to submit dissertation) 3 months prior to submission
Present "Research-in-Progress" at GSB Doctoral Colloquium
(Student's 7th semester)
Submit Dissertation for Examination
 
(Student's 8th semester)
   
 

Examination of Dissertation by External and Internal Assessors. Viva-voce /Oral Defence

Notes:
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* Independent Study Project in the Major area. This compulsory course is to be taken in the semester just prior to sitting for the Comprehensive Exam Paper 1 (Major area).
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The above semester-by-semester sequencing of courses and key milestones are relevant for the new '2-semester a year' system effective Semester 1 (commencing Sept) 2011. Each semester = 14 weeks X 3 hours of class contact per week (totalling 42 hours) for a 3-unit course, or 28 hours for a 2-unit course.
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The above is the recommended schedule for full-time study in our DBA programme, for a student aiming to submit his/her dissertation within three-and-a half years from the first semester of registration into the programme. (UKM policy requires a minimum of three years of study before submission of the doctoral dissertation).
 
 
   
   
 
RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES TO BE TAKEN & MILESTONES IN DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D by thesis ) PROGRAMME FOR FULL-TIME STUDY COMMENCING SEMESTER 1, ACADEMIC SESSION 1

PhD Programme Structure (by Thesis with pre-requisite courses):

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5 'Research Skills' courses
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3 courses in the Specialization area, to be chosen from either Management, Finance, or Marketing
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Thesis (69 units)
   
Semester 1, academic session 1
Semester 2, academic session 1
2 'Research Skills' courses (Literature Review; Research Method)
1 course in the Specialization area
Prepare proposal brief to suggest names of thesis supervisor committee members.
Appointment of thesis committee.
(Student's 1st Semester)
2 'Research Skills' courses (Conceptual Design and Advance Quantitative Techniques)
1 course in the Specialization area
Complete requirement of all 'Research Skills' courses (Qualitative Methodology; Research Methods for Business; Advanced Quantitative Techniques)
 
(Student's 2nd Semester)
Semester 1, academic session 2
Semester 2, academic session 2
2 'Research Skills' course (Qualitative Research)
'Independent Study Project* in Management/ Finance/ Marketing'
(Student's 3rd semester)
Finalize Thesis Proposal
Presentation of Thesis Proposal for Examination
Submit Student's Thesis Progress Report at the end of this semester
(Student's 4th semester)
Semester 1, academic session 3
Semester 2, academic session 3
Thesis Research and Writing
Present "Research-in-progress" at GSB Doctoral Colloquium
Submit Student's Thesis Progress Report at the end of this semester
(Student's 5th semester)
Thesis Research and Writing
Present "Research-in-progress" at GSB Doctoral Colloquium
Submit Student's Thesis Progress Report at the end of this semester
(Student's 6th semester)
Semester 1, academic session 4
Semester 2, academic session 4
Thesis Research and Writing
Present "Research-in-progress" at GSB Doctoral Colloquium
Submit Student's Thesis Progress Report at the end of this semester
 
(Student's 7th semester)
Thesis Research and Writing
Present "Research-in-progress" at GSB Doctoral Colloquium
Submit Student's Thesis Progress Report at the end of this semester
Give notice (to submit) 3 months prior to thesis submission
Submit Thesis for Examination
(Student's 8th semester)
   

Examination of Thesis by External and Internal Assessors. Viva-voce /Oral Defence

Notes:
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* Independent Study Project in the 'Specialisation' area. This compulsory course is to be taken in the semester just prior to presenting the Thesis Proposal for examination.
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The above is the recommended schedule for full-time study in our PhD (thesis) programme, for a student aiming to submit his/her thesis within three years from the first semester of registration into the programme. (UKM policy requires a minimum of three years of study before submission of the doctoral thesis).
     
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GSB Contact Numbers
For general enquiries and application information - admission_gsb@ukm.my
(Tel. +603 8921 4718/ 4484/ Fax: +603 8921 3161)
For Doctoral programme enquiries - admission_gsb@ukm.my (Tel.: +603 8921 5761)
For Research Expertise available for thesis/ dissertation supervision, view individual academics' profile/ CV from GSB's homepage - www.gsb.ukm.my/
 
 
     
 
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