The IESE PhD in Management program is a unique opportunity for students with a passion for research who seek to have a profound impact on management thinking at the world’s leading business schools and universities.
The first step to become an IESE doctoral student is to apply for the IESE Master in Research in Management, a two-year, full-time program of core, advanced and specialized courses, seminars and electives with a total load of 120 ECTS credits. The master’s program as a whole will equip students with the quantitative and qualitative methodological skills that will enable them to conduct high-quality empirical and theoretic research for publication in mainstream journals. After completion of their course work, students are required to pass an examination in their field of specialization and submit an empirical research paper showing great potential, both of which are prerequisites to enter the IESE doctoral program.
Because our students have the opportunity to work as research assistants for IESE faculty members, they often participate in key research projects that provide an unparalleled learning experience.
Your MRM at IESE
As a student in our doctoral program, you’ll explore a broad base of theoretical perspectives within an integrative, general management context. You will conduct your research leveraging IESE’s unparalleled global reach, staying close to international business organizations, communities and our world-class faculty who are at the forefront of business research and innovation.
At IESE, you’ll develop the cutting-edge research skills, the experience and the confidence to take your place among the next generation of leading business scholars, sought after by the world’s top universities and business schools.
Round 1 of applications for the September 2023 intake is now closed. Applications for the September 2024 intake will be accepted from September 2023 on. The first-round deadline will be then January 20, 2024, the second-round deadline will be April 20, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Why a PhD at IESE?
You’ll learn from some of the finest minds in business academia. In addition, our faculty have a 100% open door policy, so you can discuss your research with your professors when you need to.
You’ll have access to resources from around the world. IESE has campuses spanning five continents, plus a strong global network of senior executives, businesses and organizations.
Acquire new ideas and perspectives by learning alongside students from more than 20 countries, and working with a world-class faculty comprised of over 30 nationalities.
From the first day of your studies, you will be assigned a personal mentor – a faculty member – to help you stay focused in your research and develop as a scholar.
At IESE, we promote a view of business built on values and integrity. You’ll see the big picture in terms of how your research can have a positive impact on real people.
IESE consistently ranks among the very best schools across our full program portfolio in Executive Education and academic programs. We stand for excellence, rigor and relevance.
The IESE Experience
At IESE, you’ll be surrounded by talented peers, supported by a world-class faculty, and challenged by real-life business cases. We’ll put you to the test so that you can reach your full potential.
Discover the benefits of the IESE experience.
Official Master in Research in Management
The Board of Universities, under ministerial regulation, recognizes the MRM delivered on IESE Business School as official master.