PhD in Business Administration

PhD in Business Administration

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The primary aim of the PhD program in Business Administration at CEU Business School is to produce graduates who will have academic careers dealing with a diverse range of business subjects and challenges, teaching and conducting research. There will be a particular emphasis in this program on specific academic competencies that exist within CEU Business School, such as innovation/entrepreneurship, business and society, and advanced general management (including management and strategy). A particularly favorable target audience for this program comprises PhD applicants from and/or having interest in bringing best management thinking and research to business schools and other relevant academic units in institutions of higher education located in emerging and transitional economies, including Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). A key set of outcomes that will be associated with this program will be the success of our PhD graduates in teaching and conducting research in business associated with emerging economies. The likely career path of our PhD graduates, therefore, will be largely within faculties of business schools mostly associated with these regions.

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Program Structure

The proposed PhD Program comprises 62 credits. It consists of three main phases: 1) Foundations, i.e. the acquisition of fundamental knowledge in theory and methodological applications and fundamental scholarship in the core fields of business administration, 2) Specialization, development of the PhD candidates’ specific scholarly interests in and among Tracks that the Program offers, and 3) PhD Dissertation, milestones involving in-depth research formulation, implementation and publication on a research topic. The standard duration of the program is four years, and it is a full-time program.

More detailed information on the PhD program download its summary 

Application and admission requirements

As part of their application package, applicants must submit the following materials:

CEU requirements:

  • The completed Online Application Form
  • A curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Academic records: the copies (and translations) of the applicant's transcripts and
    diplomas (or a statement/extract from the registry indicating that the applicant will
    receive his/her relevant degree by the time the program commences), as well as any other
    certificates referred to in the application form.
  • Submission of GRE or GMAT test scores. (Official score reports must be sent to CEU directly by the testing institution.)
  • A short statement of purpose of max. 500 words
  • A research proposal of 1500 to 2000 words. The research proposal should include the
    research questions, aims and objectives of a research project. It should situate the project
    in the context of the existing literature, be clear as to the expected academic contribution,
    and outline possible appropriate analytical frameworks and methodologies. The submitted
    research proposal will be used during the application process to assess the applicant's
    understanding of what doing research in business administration entails.
  • Application Fee of EUR 30

Applicants are expected to hold an internationally recognized MBA or Master's degree equivalent in or comparable degree in the social sciences or other fields to which business administration theory is applicable.

CEU Master's students wishing to enter CEU Doctoral Programs shall have a GPA of 3.3 or higher in their Master's coursework. In reviewing the application, the Doctoral Committee will determine the GPA adequacy of a non-CEU Master's degree. The PhD program will admit approximately five students each year to the PhD program.

Application deadline for the PhD program is February 1, 2017

Please submit your Application here.


There would be a limited number of scholarships available.

For CEU tuition fees refer to this link


Agnes Schram 

  • "I have been recently nominated as the Regional IT Manager for West Africa at Unilever. My CEU Business School education has been a key differentiator during an otherwise very competitive recruitment process. I would like to thank all my great peers of the 2013-14 cohort and the wonderful faculty at the B-School for the valuable learning experience I had during my time in BP."

    Moussa Moumouni

    MSc in IT Management class of 2014

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