Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration


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January, April, July and October

Programme Duration

Full-time – Minimum : 3 years, Maximum : 5 years |
Part-time – Minimum : 4 years, Maximum: 6 years

Mode of Study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Programme Level

QIU’s PhD in Business Administration provides a distinct platform for candidates to develop a disposition for deep critical thinking and to build on existing knowledge and practice. The programme will also be a springboard for self-development and lifelong learning in the candidate’s selected field or subfield of interest, thereby expanding the candidate’s career options to include academia.

If you possess an inquisitive mind, a passion for rigorous research work and an inclination for uncovering new insights, the PhD in Business Administration is for you.

*Graduate assistantships are available*
English Language Requirements
  • International Students are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.0 for IELTS or its equivalent.
  • Local Students are required to demonstrate a good command of the English Language. The successful completion of the programme requires candidates to read, write and communicate effectively and extensively in English.
  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field of study accepted by the Senate,


  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree accepted by the Senate
  • PBA1011 Research Methodology
  • Thesis

The Graduate Research Assistantship / Graduate Assistantship Application is applicable for the following programmes only.  

  1. PhD in Business Administration; 
  2. Doctorate of Business Administration; and 
  3. Master of Business Administration (Blended and modular).

The Graduate Research Assistantship / Graduate Assistantship Application is open to all Malaysians and International citizens.

Eligibility Criteria 

  1. The candidate has been enrolled / offered candidature to study on a full time basis in a Master’s or Doctoral degree at Quest International University; 
  2. The candidate enrolled in a Master’s/ Doctoral level programme must possess at least a Bachelor’s/ Master’s degree in a related discipline. The CGPA at the entry level should be more than 3.50, or a CGPA of more than 3.00 with a minimum of two (2) years working experience in a relevant field; 
  3. Possess a good command of the English language, both written and spoken;
  4. Able to work independently with minimal supervision.

Form of Emolument 

  1. The stipend for GRA/ GA at the Master’s level is RM 1000 per month while that for the Doctoral level is RM 1500 per month; 
  2. The actual allowance paid will be based on the claim submitted by the GRA/ GA every month and verified by the GRA/ GA Supervisor. Claims are to be submitted by the end of the first week of the following month; and 
  3. Tuition fee waiver may be offered to Graduate Assistants on a case-by-case basis, but not to Graduate Research Assistants. If tuition fees are waived, all other fees are to be borne by the GRA/ GA and are to be paid by the GRA/ GA in a timely manner. 


Terms and Conditions 

  1. Enrolled as a student on a full-time academic load every semester; 
  2. Maintain a minimum GPA and CGPA of 3.00 every semester, if enrolled in a taught post-graduate programme; 
  3. Submit a research progress report every month in a timely manner and maintain satisfactory progress every semester as evaluated by the Research Supervisor, if enrolled in a research mode post-graduate programme; 
  4. Complete the programme within the stipulated time frame as a full-time student; 
  5. Complete a minimum of 20 working hours per month. If the maximum working hours is not achieved, a prorate allowance will be provided based on the number of working hours; 
  6. Be assigned to undergraduate and/ or postgraduate activities including, but not limited to lectures, tutorials, practical classes, seminars and research; 
  7. Perform duties and responsibilities assigned as GRA/ GA in a thorough, timely, and professional manner. Failure to do so may result in the termination of the assistantship despite having fulfilled all other terms and conditions. The GRA/ GA Supervisor is responsible for evaluating the work performance; 
  8. Publish at least one (1) paper in a scholarly journal during the candidature, (Scopus-indexed for GRA); 
  9. Comply with all legal and ethical policies including those governing the use and care of animals, biosafety, and human participants; and 
  10. Not allowed to receive any other financial support or scholarship/fellowship, and should not be engaged in any type of employment outside the university. 

The University reserves the right to terminate the financial aid offered if the appointed GRA/ GA fails to comply with any of the Terms and Conditions stated, and/ or is unable to perform the tasks assigned satisfactorily.

For enquiries on our programme fees and funding, please fill up the form below or you may contact our Student Recruitment Division representative. We offer many funding opportunities to support students. Check out our Financial Assistance Page to find out more.

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Programme code: JPT/BPP(MQA/FA14141)12/27

Duration: Full time: 1.5 years (min); 4 years (max)
Part time: 2.5 years (min); 5 years (max)

Intakes: February, May, August, November

Mode of Study: Full-Time, Part-Time


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