• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English


This international Executive Program in Management PhD aims at applying state-of-the-art knowledge and relevant research skills to contemporary business problems. As a premium executive development program, designed to be academically rigorous and intellectually challenging, it closes the gap between traditional PhD and professional DBA programs.

The Executive PhD program will be delivered at the Antwerp Management School as well as at the MCI Management Center Innsbruck - the Entrepreneurial School® campuses.

Participants in the Executive PhD Program will acquire a new mindset and adopt the necessary methodological tools to approach the business issues they are confronted with in their organizations or in society.

The Executive PhD Program addresses the life-long learning aspirations of intellectually active and motivated professionals who already have a graduate degree in their field but want to continue their education on the highest level. The program is supported by the University of Antwerp, which will confer the PhD degree after a successful defense of the doctoral thesis.

Career development

Overall, the program has a major impact on participants’ professional development in current careers and offers excellent opportunities for new career paths.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. An early application is recommended.
    • Date 1: 23.06
    • Date 2: 09.09
    • Date 3: 30.09
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      11 on-site three-day seminars (5 in Antwerp, 6 in Innsbruck)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Year 1:
  • Choosing a research topic / Literature
  • Developing a research proposal / Quals
  • Research design Quants / Quals
  • Quants / Research design
  • Starting the doctoral work
Year 2
  • Doctoral colloquium
  • Work in progress Project 1
Year 3 
  • Work in progress Project 2
Year 4 
  • Work in progress Final Dissertation 


      Executives and senior business professionals who want to:
      • achieve a highly distinguished academic degree,
      • combine their work experience with high-level academic research,
      • establish or strengthen links with the academic sector,
      • pursue a career at the interface of academia and business,
      • further develop their research skills and methods,
      • broaden and deepen their intellectual capabilities.


      The faculty teaching in the Executive PhD Program and supervising PhD theses are internationally renowned experts in their field of research. Moreover, based on their extensive experience both in academia and industry, faculty members can help to integrate practical relevance into academically rigorous theses.

      English Language Requirements

      This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

      Schedule IELTS

      Academic Requirements

      • MBA, Master’s level or equivalent university degree in a relevant field
      • Minimum 10 years of relevant managerial experience
      • Demonstration of academic and professional progression
      • Pre-selected field of research which should show high potential for business and management research.
      • Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one business)
      • Successful completion of the intake procedure

      Work Experience

      At least 10 year(s) of work experience are required.

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        18000 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 18000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        18000 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 18000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
      • 1st year EUR 18,000
      • 2nd year EUR 18,000
      • 3rd year EUR 12,000
      • 4th year EUR 12,000

      Living costs for Innsbruck

      • 800 - 1300 EUR/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


      Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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