Program Structure

In order to receive the PhD degree, students must accomplish the following:

  • pass all modules (achieve the Absolutorium)
  • successfully submit a Research Proposal
  • pass the Doctoral Examination (from 2016 Complex Exam) at the end of the 4th semester
  • have at least four publications in English,
  • related to the area of dissertation research, and
  • with one of them appearing in a peer-reviewed international journal
  • prepare the PhD Dissertation
  • defend the PhD Dissertation


Program Structure

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5-8
Training courses (training credit)
Advanced Economics Operations Management Elective 1* Elective 5* no classes
Applied Statistics Organizational Theory Elective 2* Elective 6*
Principles of Business Research Development Economics Elective 3* Elective 7*
Behavioral Economics Advanced Econometrics Elective 4* Elective 8*
Research (research credit)
Research support 1 Research support 2 Research support 3 Research support 4 Research Forum
  How to publish? Systemic literature review Research practice Presentation about the advance in the research based on the milestones
Participating at scientific events, research seminars, doctoral pre-defenses and defenses, etc. min 3 times per semester. (no credit)

Each course and research support worth 6 (training or research) credits and have 6×75 minutes classes.

*Elective modules (min 4-6×75 mintutes classes, 6 training credits):

  • Advanced Corporate Finance    
  • Entrepreneurship    
  • Environmental Economics    
  • Human Resource Management    
  • Industrial Organization
  • Information Technology Management
  • Innovation and Network Analysis
  • Innovation Management
  • Marketing Theory
  • Real Option Theory and Practice
  • Regional Development Policy
  • Regional Economics
  • Tourism and Local Development



Publication Credits

Relevant publications                                                     Points available

 1. Journal articles

Peer-reviewed domestic journals A 10
Peer-reviewed domestic journals B 8
Peer-reviewed domestic journals C 6
Peer-reviewed international journals AB 30
Peer-reviewed international journals CD 12
Other journals 0-6

 2. Books, lecture notes

Book chapter - national publication 8-10
Book chapter - international publication 12-15
Textbook 15-25
Lecture notes (study materials) 10-12

 3. Conferences

Study published in Conference proceedings  
   national conference 3-6
   international conference 5-8
Conference presentation  
   national conference 1-2
   international conference 2-4
 Book introduction  
   national conference 1-2
   international conference 2-4


Publications with co-authors are considered by rate of contribution. Please find a list of peer-reviewed Hungarian journals in the attachment. For categories of further journals, see the list of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

No points may be given to the following:

  • doctoral thesis dissertation,
  • electronic publications,
  • daily and weekly journals, non-scientific journals.

PhD Students may apply to the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination and the Dissertation Pre-evaluation, Evaluation and Defense only after fulfilling publication requirements and having collected 30+ points.

Minimum requirement: 4 articles (min. 3 in English) copies of which must be provided.

Doctoral Process

  • Precondition: Absolutorium (210 credits) + publication requirements (30+ points, at least four publications in the field of the dissertation, one of them being published in an international journal)
  • Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (from 2016 Complex Exam): oral exam in the core subjects, incl. Corporate Finance and Monetary Economics, Management Studies, Marketing and Operations Management
  • Submitted dissertations will be pre-evaluated by two external experts in the field 
  • Final  evaluation by two external experts in the field 
  • Defense: open debate