PhD in Business Administration

The PhD is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research degree, supported by a team of supervisors that makes an original contribution to knowledge written up in a publishable dissertation. The PhD programme also supports the development of research and generic skills to equip you to operate successfully as a professional researcher in any setting.

The purpose of coursework in business administration and management is primarily to equip students with both disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills and tools to enable them to ably engage in both effective teaching and rigorous academic research. By its very nature and origin, business administration and management is a hybridized discipline that borrows heavily from both social and natural sciences. It is therefore essential that for a serious lecturer and/or academic researcher in this area to be aware of and accordingly embrace both disciplinary specific and interdisciplinary perspectives in his/her work. For example, one cannot be serious about human resources management or marketing without sufficient exposure and grounding in organizational theory and behaviour and, similarly, marketing and consumer behaviour have borrowed heavily from both sociology and psychology.

Minimum Entry Requirement

Be a holder of a Master Degree in Business Administration and Management from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT)


Be a holder of a Master Degree in Business Administration and Management or equivalent academic qualifications from institutions recognized by DeKUT Senate

Common Core courses

Upon admission, students shall be required to take the mandatory 15 credits of coursework considered critical to the successful completion of this program. The 15 credits are provided as follows:

  • DBA 5101 Research methodologies                                                                       
  • DBA 5102 Multivariate statistics
  • DBA 5103 Macroeconomic theory and analysis       
  • DBA 5104 Organization theory and behaviour
  • DBA 5105 Operations Management

Areas of concentration

The purpose of doctoral concentration is to provide depth and direction in a student’s academic, research and management career interests. After the completion of the 15 mandatory credits of coursework, students shall be required to take another 18 credits of coursework in their chosen areas of concentration. Eighteen (18) of these credits shall be directed courses in the specific concentration and an additional 6 credits shall be elective in any course that the students may choose to further enrich or strengthen their career and/or research capability. KUCT program’s curricular concentrations are intended and structured to make a student learn, in greater depth, the art and science of research in their concentrations and how to work in an interdisciplinary environment as they seek to advance the state of research and knowledge in their areas of specialties. In addition to the 18 credits awarded to a successfully done and defended dissertation, students will earn the final 3 credits by successfully publishing two papers. Areas of concentrations are:

  • Accounting
  • Banking & Finance,
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management,
  • Human Resources and Organizational Management
  • Leadership and Organization Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management

Key Contact

Name: Prof MwitaMarwa     

Area of Study: PhD in Management Science-Lancaster

University (2005) UK

MBA-UniversityofNairobi(1992) BCOM-UniversityofNairobi(1990


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