PhD in Business Administration

The primary aim of the PhD program in Business Administration at CEU is to prepare graduates for academic careers in a diverse range of business subjects and challenges, teaching and conducting research. It has a particular emphasis in this program on specific academic competencies that exist within CEU, such as innovation/entrepreneurship, business and society, and advanced general management (including management and strategy). 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.


Application and admission requirements

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


  • Completed Online Application Form
  • 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.)
  • Short statement of purpose of max. 500 words
  • 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. 


See CEU tuition fees here.