Ph.D. in Business Administration

Passion for science and innovative research

The Ph.D. in Business Administration offers our students access to state of the art knowledge that will allow them to develop scientific research competencies in a highly rigorous and prestigious academic environment.

This program is a stimulating and research-based intellectual challenge, where students conduct original research that has an impact on academia and the global business community. EGADE Business School funds research groups to encourage the development of innovative research under certain strategic topics: Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, International Competitiveness, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Economics and Marketing.

Format: Full-time

Duration: 4.5 years

Program start: 

  • August

Languages: Spanish and English

No prior professional experience required

A stimulating intellectual challenge based on the generation of knowledge.


Full-time format

Full-time format allows our students to focus on one of six areas of concentration.

Program accredited by Conacyt

Program accredited by Conacyt as part of the National Quality Postgraduate Program (PNPC), a Mexican organization that recognizes the academic quality of their programs.

Globally recognized faculty

Globally recognized faculty: 60% of faculty members form part of Mexico´s National System of Researchers (SNI), which speaks of national reputation in scientific contributions.

Internationalization options

Internationalization options with renowned international academic partners.

Powerful global network of strategic contacts

Powerful global network of strategic contacts through the EXATEC-EGADE Business School Association.

Global Experience

Global passion for science and innovative thinking

The Ph.D. in Business Administration offers students a truly international experience by providing them with the opportunity to study abroad through international elective courses held at one of our partner universities or through a brief research stay.

Our business Ph.D. students may also choose to participate in Small Network Online Courses (SNOCs), a series of online programs offered by partner universities of the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM). These courses link students from multiple member schools through an online platform and video conferencing for lectures, discussions and team projects.

Format and Concentration Areas

A knowledge-innovating generation

The Ph.D. in Business Administration is a 4.5-year semestral full-time research program

This full-time research program seeks to train young researchers offering six areas of concentration that provide students with a common orientation to an academic discipline, as well as the opportunity to develop conceptual, analytical and research skills.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Strategy
  • International Competitiveness
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Economics
  • Marketing

Ph.D. in Business Administration


Capstone Courses

12 units

Business Policy, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Basic Courses

12 units

Philosophy of Science

Statistical Methods

Matrix Algebra and Optimization

Core Courses

12 units

Fundamentals of Management

Fundamentals of Economics

Design of Research Measurement Instruments

Multivariate Analysis

Concentration Areas

12 units

Elective I

Elective II

Elective III

Elective IV

Elective V

Research Proposals

12 units

Research Methodology

Research Proposal I

Research Proposal II

Research Proposal III

Research Seminars

4 units

Research Seminar I

Research Seminar II

Research Seminar III

Research Courses

12 units

Assisted Research l

Assisted Research II

Assisted Research lII

Doctoral Research I

Doctoral Research II

Doctoral Research III

Doctoral Research IV

Doctoral Research V

Doctoral Research VI

Doctoral Research VII

Doctoral Research VIII

Doctoral Research IX

Doctoral Research X

Doctoral Research XI

Doctoral Research XII

Doctoral Defense

1 unit

Doctoral Defense


Take a step towards an intellectual and stimulating challenge

Application Periods:
  • August

The Ph.D. in Business Administration prepares young researchers for a research-based intellectual challenge. The program provides students with the methodological and analytical tools required for implementing research and creating knowledge, while developing their competencies in designing, conducting, and assessing quality research projects. The program is about the power of ideas to change the world.

Ph.D. in Business Administration

Profile of the Generation

32% Mujeres DCA
68% Hombres DCA




Average age

Years of


Experiencia Profesional






95% Mexican

5% Foreign

Research areas

Sector DCA

Strategy: 43%

Strategy, 43%

Marketing: 29%

Marketing, 29%

Organizational behavior: 17%

Organizational behavior, 17%

Finance: 9%

Finance, 9%

Business Economics: 2%

Business Economics, 2%

The admission committee of this business Ph.D. program seeks talented and high potential applicants and reviews applications on an individual basis, looking at both quantitative and qualitative aspects of an applicant’s professional and academic background, and will assess potential for academic success and future professional growth. Prior professional experience is not required and admission is possible from Bachelor or Master´s studies.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission application form
  • Admission test score (PAEP or equivalent)
  • Three recommendation letters, academic or professional
  • Up-to-date CV (CVU)
  • Official documentation
  • English language competence score (TOEFL or equivalent)
  • Letter indicating reasons for application
  • Interview with the Program Director or Faculty member
  • Research project proposal

*Admission advisors across all EGADE Business School locations will guide you through all aspects of the admission process for the Ph.D. in Business Administration program.

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