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Management, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
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In the first two years, students take a comprehensive set of doctoral courses taught by USI faculty members and invited lecturers who are recognized as leaders in their field of research. The list of compulsory courses is available in the Directives for the PhD in Management, article 9 (Link). Students enrolled in the PhD program also have an opportunity to attend elective courses from partner institutions in Switzerland and Europe, and to apply for funding from the Swiss National Foundation for a period abroad in their last years of their PhD studies to develop their dissertation. Prior students have taken this opportunity to visit leading universities worldwide such as New York University, University of Michigan and Stanford University, just to name a few.

The program's primary focus is on independent inquiry, research methodology, and publication of research results. Students work closely with their PhD advisor, other faculty members, and fellow students. An internationally recognized PhD faculty and the small class size guarantee that all students benefit from the attention and expertise of experienced, research-active scholars whose work has been published in leading generalist journal in the field of management and sociology such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal and American Sociological Review among others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Organization Theory
  • Advanced Topics in Organization Theory: Organization Ecology
  • Advanced Topics in Organization Theory: Institutional Theory
  • Foundations of Strategic Management
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Multivariate Regression and Instrumental Variables
  • Panel Data and Limited Dependent Variables
  • Network Analysis for the Study of Organizations

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

In processing applications for admission to the PhD programme please note the following:

  • The Faculty’s Regulations for the PhD Degree, including the latest amendments approved by
  • the Faculty Council on 24 November 2010, apply throughout;
  • A candidate seeking to register for PhD studies must in the first instance define his/her admission with the thesis director, and subsequently submit a formal application to the director of studies for the appropriate area of specialisation;
  • Candidates must apply in writing: email submissions are not accepted

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Lugano

  • 1516 - 2140 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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


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