PhDDoctoral Program in Management and Business Administration Sciences
We welcome applications for our doctoral school from students with a Master’s degree in business or economics, but students with a degree in other fields are also welcomed to apply with fulfilling special requirements and taking differential examinations.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
To start the admission process, applicants must have a written confirmation letter from proposed supervisor and the host unit (institute/department or external institution).
The professional habitus points at the admission process are partly based on your knowledge of your chosen topic, including publication activity. Formal admission requirements (for candidates applying within five years of graduation) are an MA/MSc degree with at least a good grade and at least one state-recognised intermediate level ‘C’ – intermediate (B2 level) in general language, complex – or equivalent, as required by the Doctoral Regulations of John von Neumann University. The admission examination and the assessment of the candidates are governed by the JvNU Doctoral Regulations. The admission assessment criteria and the scoring system will be established in accordance with the JvNU Doctoral Regulations (Annex 3 of the JNU Doctoral Regulations)
Candidates who have obtained their Master’s degree in the current academic year can only be admitted to the doctoral programme on conditional admission until they present their diploma.
The John von Neumann University Doctoral School of Management and Business Administration (JNU-DSMBA) operates in the fields of social sciences, management, and business administration. The doctoral school, which is based in Budapest, offers a theoretically rigorous but practice-oriented education based on applied sciences, which will benefit not only those interested in academic and higher education careers but also business professionals.
In an institution with the status of a university of applied sciences, the establishment of a doctoral school brings particular importance as it provides opportunities for both teachers and researchers, as well as students, to obtain academic degrees and to advance their academic careers.
In addition to experienced applicants, the Doctoral School also welcomes applications from recent graduates. The approach and requirements of the applied sciences are the guiding principles of the subjects and teaching materials. Research methodology is a priority area in high-level theoretical studies. This is the basis for the subject structure of the doctoral school’s profile in business and management. The knowledge acquired will enable graduates to carry out applied research and to analyze business, economic, and financial problems and processes in the economic, financial, and public spheres in a scientific manner. As highly skilled and innovative professionals, they can continue their careers even as managers or entrepreneurs. The doctoral program and quality assurance processes are designed to enable PhD students to obtain their degree in the shortest possible timeframe.
By launching the PhD program, the university aims to enhance its academic performance, increase the number of qualified lecturers, and become an internationally attractive higher education institution.
The doctoral school curriculum consists of compulsory and optional courses.The curriculum is based on the first group of courses, which is compulsory for all doctoral students (4 courses) and the compulsory courses (1 course) related to the sub-programme. The second group of courses is the set of compulsorily elective courses, one per student per semester, and two in the first two years.
The range of compulsory courses may be extended to include courses from other doctoral schools, depending on the doctoral student’s individual research topic.
The student may also choose his/her compulsory course from the compulsory courses prescribed for the other sub-programmes.
Study requirements for the Doctoral School
General compulsory courses (4 * 5 credits) 20
Sub-programme compulsory course (1 * 4 credits) 4
Compulsory elective courses (2 *3 credits) 6
Total credits 30
Research and publication min. 171, max. 195
Supervised teaching activity (optional)
Complex exam 15
Total: min. 240