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Deepen your impact!

With CEU’s Executive PhD in business administration, seasoned and experienced leaders can deep dive into burning questions and seek rigorous and analytical solutions.

Leaders must develop the competences to conceptualize, investigate, and derive solutions to complex, practical business challenges, be innovative, and use new tools and advanced research, analytical, and critical-thinking skills.

By joining CEU’s Executive PhD, you will become ready to continue your executive-level organizational role. You will be an applied research thought leader and innovator. For those executives seeking transitions to faculty positions in higher education, the CEU Executive PhD, as an American and EU/Austrian accredited terminal degree will make you competitive in this career path too.

The CEU’s Executive PhD in business administration has been curated for you to re-think and develop novel best practices as well as formulating new methodologies to strengthen organizational performance. By combining extensive engagement in and knowledge of business practice with an academically rigorous doctoral education in collaboration with world class research faculty, you will bridge the gap between business practice and strategy and rigorous academia.

Four core advantages of the CEU Executive PhD


World-renowned international research university:

Central European University is the home of CEU Executive PhD. You will have access to global thought leaders and intellectual resources of Europe’s most endowed private university.


Joint accredited US/EU degree:

graduates of CEU Executive PhD receive a diploma that is accredited in both the US and the EU.


Highly flexible program:

Our novel modular program format allows you to study and research while keeping your executive role at work.


Highly selective intake:

we admit a small number of executive doctoral fellows ensuring effective peer-to-peer interaction and time with our faculty

Key program features

Up to 4 years to complete doctoral dissertation after successful completion of coursework

Eight, four-day doctoral modules taught over two years

Each Executive doctoral fellow assigned to a faculty member in line with the research interests of the doctoral fellow and faculty member