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Postgraduate Programmes

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

About the Programme

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is academically equivalent to the Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) and prepares candidates to provide significant, research based, original contributions to management practice. It consists of a menu of business studies and methodological courses, two major  seminars drawn from a pool of complementary fields of study. It culminates in a public defense of a 50,000-word dissertation.

The DBA is a four-year programme delivered by a diverse team of senior academics drawn from the UWI community, overseas scholars as well as senior private and public sector practitioners at doctoral level of their qualifications and experience.

This programme aims to develop a cadre of highly trained Caribbean business leaders through rigorous management, research and application of theory to practical activities so as to enhance the competitive capacity of firms within the Region. It will facilitate the further development of the Region and will encourage critical research in all areas of management.

The programme is delivered in a virtual learning modality using contemporary technological resources.

Programme Structure

Candidates are required to complete a total of ten courses (8 core and 2 electives).  Each course will run for a minimum of 2 weeks and will be assessed through:

  • Individual participation; 
  • Research paper and/ or 
  • Examination

Research papers are due (2) two months after the end of the course


Our Faculty conducts research in a wide cross-section of areas related to management including leadership, workplace bullying, psychometric assessment, entrepreneurship, business development, consumer behaviour, e-learning readiness,  industrial psychology, ethics, finance and investments, and accounting theory and practice.

Selected Publications and Research Awards.

In 2018,  Professor Philmore Alleyne was presented with the Outstanding Paper in the 2018 Emerald Literati awards for his article published in the Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting entitled “Antecedents of taxpayer’s intentions to engage in tax evasion: evidence from Barbados”. Professor Philmore Alleyne is globally recognised for his work in accounting ethics. 

Professor Dwayne Devonish has done significant research in the area of organisational psychology.  His research record has made him the youngest full professor in the entire UWI system, as of 2020.
Dr. Dion Greenidge has proven expertise in psychometric assessment. He developed ‘The Hierarchical Personality Assessment Questionnaire (HIPAQ)’ which has been translated into Mandarin and has placed him in demand internationally.
Dr. Joseann Knight served as a special editor for two editions of International Marketing Review on the topic of international branding.
In 2019, Drs. Nadini Pesaud, Indeira Persaud and Professor Dwayne Devonish published a book with Ian Randle Publishers called the “Nuts and Bolts of Research Methodology: From Conceptualisation to Write Up”
In 2019, Dr. Wayne Charles Soverall launched a book he co-authored with Professor Jamal Khan entitled “Empowering Management”.

In 2015, Dr. Sherma Roberts was principal author on a book entitled “Contemporary Caribbean Tourism: Concepts and cases” which will be used by tourism students and academics across the Caribbean and overseas.
Read more about our Faculty and Research Projects »

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include:
  • Professor
  • Business Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Organisational Development Manager
  • Economist
  • Chief Executive Officer
Apply now if these career paths interest you!

We accept applications from November 1 to June 30. However, expressions of interest are accepted throughout the year.

Why Study in Barbados

Get the most bang for your buck - gain a world class education at affordable tuition rates.

Create your own legacy as you connect with a long history of distinguished business and civic  leaders who have walked the halls of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies .

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At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: DBA
  • Duration: 3 yrs full time; 7 yrs part time


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Programme Details

Core Courses

1.      Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodologies for Managerial Decision-Making

2.     Global Management Trends 

3.     Epistemology for Management Sciences

4.     Statistics Multivariate Analysis

5.     Finance

6.     Strategic Dynamics

7.     Strategic Use of Information and Communication Technology

8.     Econometrics for Managers


In addition candidates will choose 2 electives from the following thematic areas:


Labour and Employment Relations

  • Comparative Labour Relations
  • Labour and Employment Law
  • Labour Economics
  • Workplace Negotiation and Conflict Management 

Organization Development

  • Psychology of Motivation and; Group Behaviour
  • Psychological Measurement, Testing Assessment
  • Performance Management
  • Complex Organizations and Change

Policy, Governance and Management

  • Collaborative and Network Governance
  • Public Budgeting policy and; Development Performance Outcomes
  • International Public Policy
  • Harmonization of Sectoral and Regional Policy

Human Resource Management

  • Human Capital Development
  • Knowledge management
  • Cross-cultural Management
  • Workplace Negotiation and Conflict Management

Candidates may opt to pursue Seminars, Courses or a combination thereof, pending availability. Where applicable, electives may be drawn from existing courses that are offered by the departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

USD $20,000.00

Payments can be made as:

  • a one-time payment at the beginning of the programme
  • in installments according to the payment schedule; or
  • a customised payment plan


The DBA programme seeks candidates who:

MBA qualification from a UWI-approved institution


Master’s degree from a UWI-approved institution with a minimum B+ average


Proven record of accomplishment at managerial level


Five (5) years full-time lecturing experience in a management related discipline at the tertiary level

All interested Candidates must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least Second Class Honours
  • Prior work experience (CV)
  • Two letters of reference/recommendation
  • Birth certificate / Change of name certificate (if applicable)
  • Receipt of application fee of USD $15.00 (to be paid to the Campus Bursary

All applicants being considered for acceptance shall be interviewed. Academically exceptional students who do not possess the requisite work experience will be considered.  Potential candidate must also submit an indication of research interest, reason for pursuit of same and expected outcomes; must indicate relevance to the UWI. The essay of no more than 800 words must be submitted with application.