About DBA


What is DBA?

DBA is a ‘professional doctorate’ with a focus on business practice with the deep understanding of related theoretical underpinnings. DBA program and its candidates pivot on making a seminal contribution to their chosen profession and industry. It is designed to enhance executive and professional practice through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management. It enhances the capability to develop knowledge and theory, and their application. Key features of this program are to develop personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research field.


Difference between PhD and DBA

The primary difference between the two is found in program orientation and intended outcome. Often, the business PhD and the DBA are more similar than they are different. In general, the focus of a PhD program is to develop new theory, whereas the focus of a DBA program is to apply theoretical knowledge to the advancement of business practice. Both PhD and DBA programs require original research culminating in the creation and defense of a thesis or dissertation. Among DBA programs, there is a range of emphases with some more oriented toward the application of knowledge and some more oriented toward the creation of knowledge.


Why a DBA

DBA being a professional doctorate is the definitive mark of a business professional and his or her standing in the business community. And for a professional with master’s qualification taking up a DBA is the natural ascendance, leading to the use ‘Dr’, as a marquee in front of your name. TheStudents of the DBA program develop a deep understanding of the challenges and risks faced by businesses in the 21stcentury, and the ability to continuously apply this knowledge in practical contexts. Graduates can expect to emerge with enhanced critical thinking and decision-making skills, making them strong leaders ready to reach the highest levels of professional excellence.


For whom

The DBA Program strives for a small, select group of experienced executives in senior leadership positions who hold a master’s degree from a recognized university or its equivalent and are committed to pursuing a formal, rigorous program as practitioner-scholars with relevant years of experience.


DBA at Kelaniya



The FCMS of University of Kelaniya is firmly committed to establish itself as a valued institution of higher teaching and learning, through the quality, accessibility and continuity of its award programs.  FCMS is especially proud of its contribution in the field of business and management to the economy. Thus it is with a sense of achievement that FCMS introduced an innovative doctorate in business, “Doctor of Business Administration” (DBA) for the first time to the Sri Lankan national university system in 2016.



The DBA is a considerably more structured approach and its aim is to achieve theoretical and practical outcomes through an incremental approach for developing advanced management competencies and research skills. This DBA is designed to fulfill the following objectives.

  • To contribute to both theory and practice in relation to business and management.
  • To develop professional practice and to contribute to professional knowledge of management.
  • To create new knowledge through original/ applied research of a quality that makes a significant contribution to development of the business field and satisfies peer review and merit publication.
  • To demonstrate critical reading and analytical skills by critically analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating data, making judgments and identifying solutions to problems.
  • To demonstrate leadership and originality in tackling and solving problems
  • To exercise personal judgment and responsibility in complexand unpredictable situations in professional and/or managerial environments.