Executive PhD

  • Diploma
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • Mode
  • Course date
    19 September 2022
  • Duration
    4 years

The part-time Executive PhD program in Private Sector Development for Emerging Economies allows working professionals and researchers with full-time or part-time jobs to combine their careers with obtaining a PhD. The program 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 program, you will benefit from the extensive knowledge and expertise of the key lecturers and supervisors in the program, who are leading scholars in the fields of the research themes.

By joining the program, 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 program, 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 organizations in the Netherlands, focusing on international higher education, organize their research and education.

Research themes:

The research can also focus on one of the following MSM expertise areas:

  • Triple helix and industrial policy 
  • Climate smart agriculture

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

*We are currently considering an additional intake in January/February 2023. In case you are interested, we kindly ask you to send an email to phdadmissions@msm.nl.