The program is designed to train students interested in pursuing an academic career. The Admissions Committee’s aim is to choose a select group of students who are committed to learning in a demanding, rigorous environment and will continue to advance the knowledge of management.

Please note: All applicants to the PhD program must first complete the Master of Research in Management delivered by IESE Business School.

To ensure the admission process candidates should:

  • 1. Complete the electronic application
    Your application needs to be completed online. The application for admission is now CLOSED. The application for the next intake of September 2017 will be available soon. Not completed applications will not be considered. A non-refundable application fee of 50 Euros will be payable online.
  • 2. Submit diplomas and transcripts.

    To be eligible for admission, an applicant should hold at least the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. You must submit your diplomas and transcripts from each college and graduate institution attended for at least 6 months. Scanned copies can be uploaded on the on-line application.

    Important note: If you are admitted to the MRM Program and you accept the offer, an original copy of your transcripts must be sent to MRM & PhD Office within one month of your admission date. Failure to provide evidence would preclude the enrolment in the Program. Therefore, we recommend that you request this document as soon as possible.

  • 3. GMAT or GRE score

    GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) are compulsory for all the applicants. Tests taken more than five years prior to date of entry will not be accepted.

    Results should be sent directly from the test agency, using IESE's code: 0736 for GMAT and 3607 for GRE.

    For further information please check the official website of either GMAT or GRE.

  • 4. English language ability

    Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. If English is not your native language and you do not have a degree conducted in English, you must take a recognized English test:

    • TOEFL
      Results should be sent directly from the test agency, using IESE's code:
      0755. 7099
    • IELTS
      Please note that both tests expire two years after the test date.
  • 5. Three letters of recommendation

    These should be written by professors familiar with the applicant's academic record.

    Recommendation letters must reach IESE before deadline, and can either be uploaded online, sent by the proposers to the PhD Department by e-mail: or sent by ordinary mail in sealed envelopes.

  • 6. Photograph

    You can upload your picture directly onto the application form in the required field.

    Please note that your photo should have a white background and will also be used for your student card.

  • 7. Copy of your passport
    Copy of your passport
  • 8. Military or civil service obligations (if applicable)
    In accordance with the laws of your country of origin, all military or civil service obligations must be fulfilled.
  • 9. Neither work experience nor master is required.
    You do not need to have formal research experience or a business background to apply, nor do you need a graduate degree or work experience to be admitted.

Deadline for application: January 10 for the following academic year, starting in September.

No incomplete application will be considered.

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Desiree Elisabeth Janssen