The program aims to contribute to the development of knowledge in management and to the training of people qualified for teaching and research. In this way, it promotes and expands the research capacity of the country as concerns the current administration and management realities of Colombian and Latin American organizations.

Graduate profile:

Graduates will develop an academic career as professors, researchers or editors in public institutions or business associations. These bodies will be interested in the understanding of administrative and managerial reality in the country and region.

Student Profile

The PhD program is aimed at people interested on pursuing an academic and/or research career. Candidates must be graduates in the field of management, engineering, economics, and psychology, among others. The School of Management attempts to create a diverse group in terms of academic background, experience, and regional and national origin. Candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge in mathematics, probability and statistics, and proof of reading comprehension in English. . Work experience is not a requirement.


Learning Goals
Students will acquire advanced knowledge in their areas of specialization.
Students will develop advanced theoretical and practical research skills for the areas of specialization.
3 Students will demonstrate integration of, and original intellectual contribution to, the area of specialization.
4 Students will have the preparation for teaching responsibilities in higher education.
Students will write and orally communicate in a clear, coherent and effective manner.

The School of Management aims to:

  • Develop knowledge of administration and management of international interest, with insight into the Colombian and Latin American reality
  • Train researchers and teachers to improve the quality of management studies in Colombia
  • Contribute to the development of a community of researchers in management
  • Improve the practice of private and public administration in Colombia and Latin America

To achieve these objectives, the School of Management has designed a full-time program with a total duration of four and a half years. This scheme ensures that students become familiar with the frontier of knowledge in their area and acquire the discipline and tools necessary for research. They work in an intellectually stimulating environment alongside tenured professors and are afforded the space and time to devote to their studies, as well as a world-class library and additional academic resources. The residence at a foreign university of at least six months grants students direct exposure to the international academic community in their area.

By preparing their doctoral dissertation, students make an original and individual contribution to the understanding of reality in administration and management in Colombian and Latin American organizations.


Degree Awarded Doctor of Business Administration
Registration Number Resolution 2216 of March 6, 2013 SNIES 52178
Modality On-site, full-time
Program Duration 4.5 years
Credits 90
2015 Cost per Credit COP 1,600,000 (credit for doctoral courses following master’s courses)

The program is divided into semesters of six months, requires on-site participation, and is full-time.

The program offers three areas of concentration: Finance, Organizational Studies, and Environmental Management.

The program includes a full-time residence of at least six months in a foreign university.

Program Description by Year

First year The student begins a Master of Research in Management.
Second year

The student continues with the courses of the Master of Research in Management. The student must also request formal admission to the Ph.D. program from the Doctoral Academic Committee, taking into account his or her academic performance.

If admitted, the student must take and pass the comprehensive exams, which are based on the first-year core courses, in order to [KSJ3] continue with the electives and research seminars of the Ph.D.

At the end of the second year, the student must submit a research paper to be potentially published in academic journals. This is called the second-year paper.[KSJ4] 

Third year The student defends the dissertation proposal, has it approved, and then begins to write it. In this stage, the student begins to teach departmental courses.
Fourth year The student completes a residence of at least six months in a foreign university, where he or she will continue with the development of the doctoral dissertation.
Fifth year The students finishes writing and then defends the dissertation. Upon approval, the student is conferred the title of Doctor of Business Administration.

Study Abroad

The Ph.D. program includes a research residence of at least six months in an institution in another country under the guidance of a professor, and this plan must be approved by the Doctoral Academic Committee.

Structure and Curriculum

The curricular structure of the program is fundamentally defined by the structure of the management discipline and concentration areas. The program is designed with three thematic focuses at its core: administration, methodology, and concentration.

In addition, the program includes certain complementary activities in teaching and research that form part of the curriculum.

The three core concepts of the Ph.D. are:

  • The core concept of management provides students with training on what administration, management[KSJ5] , and organizations are from a review of the theories and historical context in which they developed.
  • The core concept of methodology consists of three aspects: first, the methodology of the courses is itself a means for developing research skills; second, the courses for this core concept provide not only the opportunity for a discussion on science and tools for carrying out research (with a solid statistical basis) but also introduce students to the practice of research in their core concept of concentration; and, third, the practice of research outside of the classroom alongside professors and in specific lines as graduate assistants.
  • The core concept of concentration provides the content for the conducting of research in complementary areas of management. Current offerings: Organizational Studies, Finance, and Environmental Management. Through the courses of this core concept, students will become familiar with the basic literature and current controversies in one of these areas and will also be exposed to the methodologies used and other practices of these academic communities.


Lines of Research

Tenured professors of the School of Management work in lines of research for academic production and are organized into five research groups classified by Colciencias. The eight lines of research of the Ph.D. are listed below under the names of the four groups to which they belong:

  • Organizational Studies (Colciencias, Category A1-2015):
    • Organizations and their Environment
    • Organizations and their Individual and Group Processes
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Strategy and Competitiveness
  • History and Entrepreneurship (Colciencias, Category A1-2015):
    • History, Strategy, and Structure of Businesses and Entrepreneurial Groups
  • Public Administration (Colciencias, Category B-2015)
    • Business Innovation in Developing Countries
    • Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
  • Studies in Finance and Financial Economics (Colciencias, Category A1-2015)
    • Finance and Corporate Governance
    • Financial Markets and Institutions  

International Finance

  • Marketing (Colciencias, Category B-2015)