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Other doctorates

Otago offers more than PhDs

Professional doctorates offered at Otago (in alphabetical order)

These doctorates normally involve a combination of coursework and research. They are targeted at professional practitioners who are seeking a higher degree, so they are strongly related to professional practice.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a doctoral level degree designed for business professionals who are looking for a challenge. The programme is three years of full-time study which includes an initial year consisting of six taught papers followed by two thesis years. Papers are block taught one at a time with each block consisting of eight weeks of on-line teaching plus a four day on-campus series of workshops.
Entry Requirements
A) Every applicant must either
i) be a graduate with a bachelor’s honours degree and a postgraduate diploma, or a master’s degree in a business discipline, or
ii) in exceptional cases, have alternative equivalent qualifications acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce)
B) Candidates will be selected on the basis of their previous academic record (normally with a grade average of at least B+), their graduate experience and academic achievements, their commitment to the field of business, evidence that they are committed to ongoing education, and reports from three referees.
C) Every applicant will normally have at least ten years of experience as a professional in business and demonstrate evidence of leadership in their field.

Find out more about the DBA.

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent)

Gain graduate training in ten disciplines in dentistry and prepare to become a registered specialist in your chosen discipline. Undertake clinical research and clinical practice and present your research in a thesis that demonstrates a significant contribution to your particular field.

Find out more about the DClinDent.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Engage in higher professional development and become a knowledgeable and critically reflective practitioner. Undertake supervised thesis research and contribute original knowledge that focuses on improving the teaching profession.

Find out more about the EdD.

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Embark on a three-year, full-time programme in Music with a choice of three areas of specialisation: Performance, Composition, or Studio Production. Develop your skills to the highest artistic and professional levels, and demonstrate mastery in your area of specialisation.

Find out more about the DMA.

Higher doctorates offered at Otago (in alphabetical order)

These doctorates can be awarded in two ways: as an Honorary Doctorate or by the submission of a body of work of special excellence.

Honorary Doctorates are occasionally awarded by senior University leaders to individuals showing outstanding talent in the particular field.

More commonly, graduates of the University of Otago or people who have had a formal academic association with the University may apply for a Higher Doctorate in the appropriate field. The application first involves submission of a curriculum vitae, and an abstract explaining the work to be examined. The application is considered by the appropriate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, who decides whether the submission should continue. If so, the applicant generates copies of the work to be examined and pays an examination fee. Queries regarding the application process should be directed to phd@otago.ac.nz.

Doctor of Commerce (DCom)

Make an original, esteemed contribution to commerce by submitting published work of special excellence in some branch of commerce.

Find out more about the DCom.

Doctor of Dental Science (DDSc)

Undertake research into your area of specialisation. Submit original publications, demonstrating excellence, to form a connected dissertation into an area of Dental Science.

Find out more about the DDSc.

Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Make an original, esteemed, contribution to law by submitting published work of special excellence in the history, philosophy, exposition or criticism of law.

Find out more about the LLD.

Doctor of Literature (LittD)

Make an original, esteemed contribution to linguistic, literary, social or historical knowledge through submitting your work to subject experts of national and international eminence for examination.

Find out more about the LittD.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Make an original, esteemed contribution to medicine by submitting a published work of special excellence in any branch of medical science.

Find out more about the MD.

Doctor of Music (MusD)

Make an original, esteemed contribution to music by submitting a musical composition to subject experts for examination. The degree is awarded to those showing special excellence in musical composition.

Find out more about the MusD.

Doctor of Science (DSc)

Make an original, esteemed contribution to science by submitting published work of special excellence, normally in the form of books or papers in scholarly journals, in some branch of science.

Find out more about the DSc.

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