Doctor of Business Administration
Course Regulations and Procedures
Upon admission to the program, DBA students will receive a program schedule for the cohort group to which they belong. Registration information is provided to students on a regular basis.
Courses are paced, with specific start and end dates, and should be taken in sequential order.
Athabasca University may modify the list of courses at any time.
Students are automatically registered for DBA courses and onsite workshops according to the course schedule provided when they commence the program. Students should take courses in the order outlined in the course schedule.
A student is considered registered for a course on the 21st day before the start date for that course as indicated on the schedule.
How Courses Work
All online DBA courses are paced, meaning there are scheduled start and end dates, and assignment deadlines within each course. The learning environment is asynchronous, meaning students do not have to be online at a prescribed time.
Students are considered registered for each of their courses on the 21st day before the start date for their course. Students can withdraw from the course in which they are registered, subject to the following:
- To avoid academic penalty, a course withdrawal must be received within 14 calendar days of the course start date. Withdrawals will not occur by default, and a withdrawal fee will apply.
- DBA students withdrawing after 14 days from the start date of the course will be withdrawn from the course and an F (Fail) grade will appear on their transcript. With approval of the DBA Program Director or his/her designate, such candidates will be permitted to retake the course, with full payment of the course fees.
- DBA students who do not withdraw and do not complete a course will fail the course. There will be no opportunity for re-registration.
Under extraordinary circumstances, DBA students may receive permission for an incomplete status for a course but they must submit such a request to the DBA Course Professor or his/her designate prior to the end date for the course. If approved, DBA students will have up to a maximum of thirty (30) calendar days to complete the outstanding individual written assignments (as approved). Group assignments and participation components of the course are not included under this policy.
Each assignment and participation component that is to be counted towards the final grade for a course shall be given a percentage grade from the instructor. The official recorded grade will be the Alpha/4.0 grading scale. Please review the Graduate Grading Policy and Academic Records FAQ for more information on grading scales.
The dissertation proposal defence/candidacy exam and the final dissertation oral defence are assessed using the following categories:
- pass subject to revision
- adjourn for re-examination
Information effective September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.