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                             Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
                             in Business Administration
                             by distance-learning and thesis research

                                       BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration
is designed to meet the development needs of business
leaders, experienced managers and professionals who wish
to pursue advanced studies and research in an area of
significance to business administration.
The PhD involves initial coursework subjects and thesis
research which develop the capacity of candidates to analyze,
critique, synthesize and to develop knowledge.

The Bulacan State University (BSU) PhD is unique in the sense
that it is conducted bilingually, and the candidates may opt
to write their thesis and attend the oral defense in either
Chinese or in English. The PhD degree can be completed                                                (AACCUP)
Course Aims
The aim of the PhD program is to enhance candidates’
capacity, through advanced coursework and research, to
become aware of the relationship between research and their
professional activities in business administration.                                             60
                                                                        (Coursework)     (Thesis Research)
Throughout the program, PhD candidates are expected to make
a distinct contribution to knowledge of business administration
whether by original investigation, review or criticism.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to
promote the extension of knowledge and research to serve and
develop new and better practices in business administration.

Recognition of BSU Degree
All BSU undergraduate and postgraduate programs are duly
recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of
the Republic of the Philippines and duly accredited by the
Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the
Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP), and thereby recognized world-wide.
PhD is a prestigious and respectable academic award. On
completion of the degree, graduates will be entitled to use
the title “Dr” before their names.

Course Structure
The PhD degree is built on a 60-credit point structure comprising
two components, i.e. coursework and thesis research.

Coursework Requirement
The coursework component comprises 48 credit points which
are made up of core courses, major courses and electives.
Please refer to page 4 of this brochure for the coursework
Candidates with an insufficient background in research
methods and / or theoretical knowledge in the core fields of
study may be required to undertake initial coursework
subjects. Candidates with appropriate prior learning history
and/or relevant work and life experience may apply for
exemption from all or part of the major courses and electives.                                      (Core Courses)        (Major
Please refer to page 5 of this brochure for details.                     Courses)             (Electives) 16         48

The doctoral thesis research and development will be
undertaken after the fifth semester or whenever the                                    4
coursework subjects have been completed. The thesis counts
as 12 credit points.                                                                                                          5
The thesis subject requires candidates to prepare a
substantial research thesis of 20,000 - 25,000 words. The thesis
is expected to present original research of a theoretical or
applied nature and constitutes a substantial original contribution
to knowledge.
                                                                             20,000        25,000
 The BSU PhD degree requires 60 credit points of study, of
 which 48 credit points to be completed from coursework,
 the remaining 12 credit points to be completed by
 undertaking a thesis / dissertation research.

     Semester 1                                                                   48                12
                     3 coursework subjects

     Semester 2
                     3 coursework subjects                                    1
     Semester 3
                     3 coursework subjects                                   2
     Semester 4                                                              3
                     3 coursework subjects
     Semester 5                                                              4
                     2 coursework subjects                                                               3
     Semester 6                                                              5
                     2 coursework subjects                                                               2

                        PhD Candidate

    Semester 7-10
        Thesis/Dissertation Research and Defense

     Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
     in Business Administration
Thesis Oral Examination
The assessment for the PhD degree is based on satisfactory
completion of prescribed coursework and doctoral thesis/
There are no examinations for individual coursework subjects.
Assessment of coursework is through assignments on a
continuous basis, e.g. through the thesis research proposal
which is required to be submitted on completion of the
coursework component.
Upon submission of the thesis/dissertation, the candidate shall
be required to present himself/herself for a thesis/dissertation
examination normally to take place in Hong Kong, conducted
by the Thesis Defense Panel appointed by the University.
The candidate shall be required to complete satisfactorily the
oral examination in order to satisfy the requirements for the
PhD degree.

Language of Study
This being a bilingual program, candidates may choose to                                  4
write their thesis/dissertation in the Chinese language. Those
who write their thesis/dissertation in Chinese are required:                10
- to submit together with an English version of the thesis;
- to assign an interpreter at the thesis examination session at
  his/her own cost.

Completion Time                                                                                                         (University
                                                                          Cyber Campus)
The standard duration for a candidate to complete the PhD
degree is 3 years (6 semesters).
The minimum time allowed for a candidate to complete the PhD
Degree is 2 years (4 semesters), should he or she have been granted
block exemption from the coursework requirements.
The maximum time allowed for a candidate to complete the
PhD Degree is 5 years (10 semesters). A candidate who
wishes to extend candidature must seek permission from the
Program Director.

Mode of Study
The PhD will be delivered by a flexible distance mode which
is implemented through distance learning and self-directed
study. Distance learning materials include study guides,
prescribed textbooks or reference books, readings and/or e-
learning materials provided by the University Cyber Campus.

On top of distance-learning, offshore doctoral students will be
provided with the following supports to facilitate their studies:

Intensive Seminars
Intensive seminars and workshops will be organized for core
subjects to provide a forum for open discussions and
interchange of ideas within the class. The seminar and
workshop for each core subject normally last for two days to
be held on Sundays from 9am to 5pm, led by guest speakers
and University adjunct professors drawn from local academics
and business leaders.                                                 3      PhD thesis oral examinations in progress
Study Group Meetings
Out-of-timetable meetings will be organized for candidates
working in common interest group. The meetings will provide
a forum for group members to enhance critical thinking,
analysis and synthesis with peers.

Doctoral candidates who have completed their coursework
will be allocated a supervisor to support their thesis/
dissertation work. Supervision will be provided from the
University using a range of communication technology such
as e-mail and University online. Thesis supervisors include home
academic staff and local academics or professionals appointed
by the University.

Library Supports
Through arrangements of the local agency, BSU doctoral
students can have access to local libraries for research
requirements, library resources and supports. Students will
be informed of details of library arrangement upon registration.

Coursework Curriculum                                                                 48

The coursework component comprises 16 modules of core
courses, major courses and electives.                                                      (4         12   )
                                                                             BA300                                  3
Code Core Courses (4 Modules, 12 Credits)                       Credit       BA302                                  3
BA300 Philosophical Foundations of Business                     3            BA305                                  3
      Administration                                                         BA301                                  3
BA302 Research Designs and Methodology                          3                               (12        36   )
BA305 Dissertation Seminar                                      3
BA301 Statistics for Research                                   3                    12

Major and Elective Module (12 Modules, 36 Credits in Total)
            The 12 Major and Elective Modules
            encompass the most important conceptual
            and functional aspects of Business
            Administration. The course curriculum may
            vary from time to time as to meet the current
            needs and trend in research and practice in
            Business Administration. The availability of
            Major and Elective Modules for a given intake
            is subject to confirmation of the University. For
            candidates’ study planning, all new students
            will be advised individually by the University                                                          48
            of the Major and Elective Modules he or she
            is required to take prior to registration for the
            PhD course.

            All Major and Elective Modules are delivered in
            e-learning mode.

Total   Core + Major + Elective                                 48

Exemption from Coursework
The Bulacan State University provides the opportunity for                       (Block Exemption)
candidates to apply to have prior learning considered for
credit exemption from all or part of the coursework subjects
where the prior learning is related to the initial knowledge of                       (ACCA)                   ( H K I C PA
the course. Forms of prior learning include previous study             HKSA)                (CICPA
from recognized tertiary organizations, relevant informal
learning from work or life experience or post-experience
courses undertaken outside a recognized tertiary education                      (Direct Subject Exemption)

The University does not normally allow exemption from the
four core subjects unless the candidate can demonstrate                         (Indirect Subject Exemption)
evidence of a prior research background or a history of
achievement in research.

Forms of Exemption
Block exemption - exemption granted under predetermined
arrangement for postgraduate or professional qualifications.
For example, candidates who possess an MBA or other
business/management related postgraduate degrees or
relevant professional qualifications, e.g. ACCA, HKICPA (or
HKSA), CPA or CICPA are eligible to apply for credit
exemption from all of the major and elective subjects.                                                          Application
                                                                       for Credit Transfer
Direct subject exemption - exemption is granted where
there is one-to-one, equivalent-level correspondence
between the applicant’s prior learning and BSU subjects.

Indirect subject exemption - exemption granted where the
prior learning of the candidate is judged to be relevant to the
course at the appropriate level but may not directly
correspond to specific course subjects. Indirect exemption
is usually granted towards meeting the major and elective
requirements of the program.

Application for Exemption
Applications for exemption will normally only be considered
at the time of admission. A second or later application for
exemption must be made in writing to the Program Director.
The applicant must explain the circumstances which prevented
an initial application or the changed circumstances which
justify a second or a third application.

Applicants are required to complete the enclosed
“Application for Credit Transfer” and lodge with the PhD Local
Secretariat at the Hong Kong Management Association or
course local agency together with copies of supporting
testimonials, e.g. certificates or transcripts or other evidence
of the prior learning used for exemption purpose.

All applications for exemption will be judged by the University
on a case by case basis.                                           5
Organizing Institutions
The PhD in Business Administration offshore course is offered
by the Bulacan State University in association with the Hong
Kong Management Association.

About the Bulacan State University
              Bulacan State University (BSU), just celebrating
              a century of quality education, is a state-funded
              institution of higher learning. The University was
              established in 1904 and converted into a leading
              modern university in 1993.
BSU’s main campus is situated in the historic City of Malolos,
36 kms north of Manila. The University has four other
campuses strategically located throughout the historic province
of Bulacan. With a total enrolment of approximately 18,000,
BSU is the biggest in the region.
The university is proud to have nurtured a culture of excellence
that has become synonymous with relevant education, quality                                1904                     1993
research, and community extension programs that provide
higher education, research and development opportunities to
thousands of people in Engineering, Architecture, Education,
Arts and Science, Information Technology, Management and                                          35
Commerce, Medicine, Law and Public Administration.                        (Malolos)                               (Bulacan)
BSU has been identified by the Commission on Higher
Education (CHED) as one of the higher education institutions
in the Philippines leading in the various disciplines as Centers
for Excellence/Development. These institutions demonstrate
the highest level of standards in instruction, research and
extension services at the program level.
BSU is included in the List of Recognized Philippines
universities in China’s Ministry of Education’s Website on
Foreign Education (website:
For information on BSU:

About the Hong Kong Management
           The Hong Kong Management Association                                                 
           (HKMA) is a non-profit-making incorporated body
           established in 1960. Over the past 49 years, the
           Association, with a mission to train and develop
human resources, has been actively taking part in training
tens of thousands of management personnel and
professionals, thereby raising the standard of management
and improving its quality in Hong Kong.                                                            1960

The Chairman of the HKMA is currently Dr the Hon David K P
Li, member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR, Chairman
and CEO of the Bank of East Asia. The immediate past
Chairman of the HKMA is the Hon Tung Chee Hwa, the former
Chief Executive of the government of the HKSAR.
Approximately government of the 2,500 integrated and
well-balanced courses are offered by the Association and
attended by more than 50,000 participants annually. As part
of HKMA’s deep commitment to providing opportunities to local
executives and professionals for continuing development, the
Association, in partnership with a number of prestigious
overseas tertiary institutions, offers a series of programs leading
to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in various area
of studies.
The Program Local Secretariat at the HKMA will take care of
overall organization of the program, and will work with students
to answer their questions as well as help solve their problems,
throughout the learning process.
For further information on HKMA:                      6
Semester Pattern
The Academic Year of the University is divided into two
semesters of about 16 weeks each:
                                                                                                                      6 - 10
June semester (June - October)
November semester (November - March)                                                                                      11 - 3

Tuition and Other Fees
Please refer to the attached ENROLMENT INFORMATION

Admission Requirements
To qualify for admission to the Doctoral program, applicants
must be a holder of a Bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate
degree in any discipline.

Alternatively, the University may consider entry into a Doctoral
program based on life and work experiences including non-
degree qualifications should the applicant satisfy the
University that he or she has the ability and experience to
pursue the course of study.

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of written
language competence, English or Chinese, that matches
academic writing requirements of the Doctoral degree.

All applications will be considered by, and admission
decisions will be made at the discretion of the University.

How to Apply
To apply for a place in the BSU PhD Business Administration
program, an application must be completed and lodged with
the Hong Kong Management Association. Applications are
assessed by and admission decisions are made at the
discretion of the Bulacan State University.

For details, please refer to attached APPLICATION
                                                                                                                                                         (852)2774 8500
                                                                                                                         (852)2365 1000
For enquiries, please contact the PhD Local Secretariat on
(852) 2774 8500, or on e-mail:,
or on fax : (852) 2365 1000, or contact the local agency. Please
refer to the attachment to this brochure for details of the local

                                  It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.


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