The Doctoral Program is structured in six academic semesters. Courses are divided into doctoral seminars and research seminars. It also requires a candidacy examination, the defense of a doctoral proposal, and participation in research events. Finally, graduation involves working on the doctoral thesis and its successful defense. All courses and activities are mandatory to obtain a Ph.D. degree. The details of the coursework and activities of the Doctoral Program in Business Administration is shown below.
Although the minimum program requires six semesters of study, it is possible that students need additional semesters to complete the doctoral thesis. Experience shows that the expected time of completion of a doctoral program, including the defense of the doctoral dissertation is typically eight semesters.
If the participant has not approved the doctoral thesis by the end of the sixth semester, he or she may enroll in courses approved by the Director, in coordination with the research advisor, for as many semesters as necessary, according to the Doctoral Program regulations.
Courses are scheduled as a part-time program. The courses are given in two formats: weekend courses (between Friday and Sunday in several weekends) or 5-day intensive courses from Wednesday to Sunday (8am - 5:30 pm). The schedule and the starting dates of the courses are always announced in a timely manner
(*) Academic hours are 45 minutes long.
(**) Students must also take 12 credits of postgraduate elective courses in business administration; these credits may be earned in previous master's programs in the last five years prior to registration.
(a) Activities required by the program; no credits assigned.