Business Administration, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
Central European University (CEU) ,
The primary aim of the PhD program in Business Administration at Central European University (CEU) is to produce graduates who will have academic careers dealing with a diverse range of business subjects and challenges, teaching and conducting research.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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). The Central European University (CEU) programme is offered by Central European University (CEU).

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications will open in fall 2017.
  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    124 ECTS 62 CEU credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Predefined
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

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.

In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants must submit:
  • a research proposal of 1500-2000 words
  • two letters of recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT test scores

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 20000 International
  • EUR 20000 EU/EEA


CEU offers a competitive financial aid package to students in doctoral programs. Applicants to a CEU doctoral program are automatically considered for a CEU Doctoral Scholarship. Students admitted to CEU doctoral degree programs are eligible to receive the CEU Doctoral Scholarship for up to three years.

The CEU Doctoral Scholarship covers tuition and medical insurance. In addition, recipients are awarded a monthly stipend of 220,000 HUF calculated to cover educational and accommodation costs (Economics and Business Administration PhD students receive a monthly stipend of 250,000 HUF). Students need to budget additionally for travel, recreation, and incidentals.

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