Doctor Of Philosophy (PHD)

The Ph.D. program is based on a combination of scholar and practicing lecturer. Accordingly, this program is mainly based on training people who would be the future managers to understand the internal competence of this specialization, and to add information through dynamic approaches to scientific research that assess, develop, and study evaluation theories and techniques, and also through understanding the basic framework to fully navigate teaching and business practices, as well as investing in skills that clearly support assessment and implementation techniques and ultimately serve different individuals, groups, and hierarchical teams.

The PhD program at the Swiss School of Management is aligned with international standards for higher education and meets the standards of higher education in Europe. The program consists of three consecutive main phases: coursework, research laboratory (data collection and analysis) and doctoral thesis (writing and defense).

The program is presented in three workshops. Passing the first stage of the program allows the student to enter the second stage, which is data collection, editing and analysis. The third and final stage of the program is writing the PhD thesis.

ClassificationDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Entry RequirementsMaster’s Degree
Duration Of ProgrammeThree years
Accreditation And Recognition– International Accreditation by US Higher Education System.
– International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).
– Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
– National Cortication- Swiss Higher Education EduQua.
– International Recognition International Association of Universities

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36-Month Completion: Graduate with a PhD in three year while studying at a pace that suits your lifestyle and schedule.

15% Coursework: No exams – you will be assessed through written assignments.

85% Dissertation.

  • Supported Learning : online guidance for each subject and Dissertation
  • Flexible Study : Learn wherever and whenever you want using IET student platform.
  • 24/7 Accessibility : All learning materials are available online in student portal.

PhD candidates are requested to submit a doctoral thesis, which fulfills the criteria of independent research following acknowledged standards of empirical research. The thesis consists of 50,000 words (+/- 10%). The PhD candidates will defend their thesis through a Viva voce.

The PhD Program structure is aligned with international standards of Postgraduate Education and, accordingly, fulfills the criteria of the process of Harmonization of Higher Education in Europe (Bologna Process).
The first stage of the PhD program consists of coursework that gives the candidate an overview of the entire research process. The aim is to acquire fundamental research skills.

The coursework consists of five mandatory modules, which will be delivered as taught modules in three general workshops. Each workshop typically covers one or more modules. The successful students will acquire 60 ECTS credits through the coursework.

The modules are delivered interactively and are based on actual knowledge and research in this pathway. The “Research Methods” modules are taught via lectures and/or seminars and require students’ attendance. A long-distance learning version will be introduced as alternative form of study as well.

Students who have decided to attend also the Master of Research (MRes) pathway have to continue with three additional optional modules (10 ECTS credits each). If the candidate passes the additional coursework successfully, a Research Proposal is required. The Research Proposal is the final work in order to achieve the Degree of the Master of Research (MRes).

The students can move forward in the second stage, the Research Lab, after the fulfillment of all five modules. In this stage, they will collect, edit and analyse data.The third and final stage of the process of the PhD program is the write-up. This normally requires additional analyses and the time-consuming task of presenting findings clearly and without mistakes. After six months, a draft version should be ready for submission to internal and external readers. Processing readers’ comments may take up to three months, after which a date will be set for the oral defense, the so called viva voce (VIVA).

  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods & Survey Design
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Essential Tools
  • Thesis
Admission fee (After receiving the offer letter)  110  USD
First semester2500 USD
Second Semester2500 USD
Third Semester2500 USD
Fourth Semester2500 USD
Fifth Semester2500 USD
Sixth Semester2500 USD
Total Tuition Fees15110 USD
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