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PhD Program in Business Administration
The 240 ECTS credits of the PhD Program in Business Administration are divided into a course component (90 ECTS) and a dissertation component (150 ECTS). A specially designed course program, Stockholm-Uppsala Business Studies (SUBS), is run jointly with Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and offers four mandatory courses (30 ECTS) in the first semester of the program.
The remaining 60 ECTS are acquired in Specialized Courses, which are given at various departments and institutes at SSE, or other universities, and in many different forms. Which courses to take is jointly decided by the doctoral student and his/her Primary Supervisor.
The subject matters and forms of these courses vary from year to year in response to demands from doctoral students as well as to the changes in research interests.
You will be supervised by one SSE faculty member (primary supervisor) from the beginning of the program. After you have submitted a dissertation proposal in the second year, you will work with a supervision committee of 3-4 professors to complete your PhD dissertation. Research and conference travel is encouraged within the program.
Application (February) and Admission (May)
Start of program around September 1 (SSE Primary Supervisor and Department/Institute)
Mandatory fall semester SUBS (30 ECTS)
Elective courses over two years (60 ECTS), and dissertation work in parallel
Dissertation proposal after two full years (Supervision Committee of 3-4 professors appointed)
Continued dissertation work (total of 150 ECTS) dissertation is either a monograph, or consolidated (a collection of 3-5 publishable articles and summary)
Internal defence seminar
Acceptance by your Head of Department and the Faculty and Program Board
Dissertation printing, Assessment Committee of three professors, Faculty opponent appointed
Public defence of dissertation
Award ceremony (Diploma, hat and ring)