Executive PhD

  • Diploma
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • Mode
  • Course date
    27 February 2023
  • Duration
    4 years

The part-time Executive PhD programme in Private Sector Development (preferably for Emerging Economies) allows working professionals and researchers with full-time or part-time jobs to combine their careers with obtaining a PhD. The programme provides advanced training in the theory and skills crucial to private sector development, design and research.

As the highest academic qualification, obtaining a PhD will improve your career prospects both in academia and in business. In addition, you will make an original contribution to your field of interest that will add to previous research.

During the programme, you will benefit from the extensive knowledge and expertise of the key lecturers and supervisors in the programme, who are leading scholars in the fields of the research themes.

By joining the programme, you will become part of the stimulating and challenging research community of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) and Maastricht School of Management (MSM).

Research focus
Within the Executive PhD programme, the PhD candidate’s research focus should lie on one of the MSM research themes. MSM’s research themes all relate to private sector development and local economic development. In addition, as part of the SAIL platform, we specifically (but not only) focus on issues related to management in the Global South including countries of different levels of development. SAIL is the platform in which internationally oriented organisations in the Netherlands, focusing on international higher education, organize their research and education.

Research themes:

Click here for more detailed information about the MSM research themes. 


Maastricht School of Management (MSM) is part of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE). SBE has been awarded three prestigious accreditations, AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, resulting in what is known as the Triple Crown accreditation. Only 1% of business schools worldwide can boast this honour, many of which are SBE partner institutes.