Doctoral programme "Business Management"

Joint Doctoral programme in Business Management is implemented by two Latvian partner universities: RISEBA University and BA School of Business. The key strategic partners are Stockholm School of Economics Riga and Kaiserslautern University of applied sciences (Germany). This programme will serve as an incubator for future thought leaders in academia and in practice by immersing them in substantial research and allowing them to work closely with senior faculty.

 All doctoral students undergo a two-year taught stage during which they receive a thorough grounding in research design, skills and methods. This phase includes courses in Strategic Management, Finance Management, Research Methods, as well as a number of elective courses, all contributing to the development of students’ own research projects.

The research stage of the programme usually takes three years to complete. Having developed research proposals in consultation with their supervisors, students conduct their own research. RISEBA Ph.D. candidates utilize their career experience and industry knowledge in developing research projects, which not only tackle important unresolved problems in the real world but also make a significant contribution to their subject fields.

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International applicants who have all the required documents are welcome to apply for studies:

Degree:  PhD in Business Management
The language of instruction: Latvian, English
Duration of the programme Full-time studies last for 3 years, part-time studies - 4 years (the maximal term of studies – 5 years)
Tuition fee: Studies in Latvian – 4000 EUR per year

Studies in English:

For EU residents - 4500 EUR per year  
For non-EU residents - 5000 per year 
Admission requirements: interview 

Required documents:

  • Application form
  • Certified copy of academic qualification  (master degree)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Description of potential doctoral thesis topic (10 -15 p.)
  • Copy of passport
  • Registration payment - 30.00 EUR for local students (200 EUR for international students)
  • Payment details: Application fee, name, and surname of the applicant, date of birth of the applicant.
  • All applicants are required to pay the non-refundable application fee along with their application.
  • Documents regarding the applicant’s previous education will be transferred to the Latvian Academic Information Centre for verification.
    Pay the application and diploma verification fees by bank transfer
  • 2 color passport photos

Enrollment requirements for the doctoral programme.

Applications to the doctoral programme can be submitted by persons having Master’s degree in social sciences or persons with Master’s degree in humanitarian and technical sciences if they have at least a 2-year experience in Business Administration, Public Management or Management of Educational and have sufficient knowledge in the field of Management Sciences.
Foreign applicants must have an education that is equivalent to the Master’s degree in Latvia. Conformity of the degree is determined by experts of the Centre of Academic Information.

Study Schedule 2018/2019 First Year
Study Schedule 2018/2019 Second Year

Doctoral studies programme

Compulsory modules
Strategic Management
Data Mining
Finance Management
Marketing Management
Research Methods
Limited Choice Electives 
Management and Organisational Theory
Risk Management and Crisis Management
Resource Development Management
Human Resources Management
Business in Various Spheres
Project Management
Innovation Management
Free Choice Electives

Business Foreign Language
Globalization processes

Research work
Publications (minimum 3, for each 1-2 CP)
Participation in international conferences and workshops (minimum three  presentations included) **
Preparation, design, and presentation of the doctoral thesis


Contact information:

Programme director:
Vulfs Kozlinskis

Phone: +37167807963
E-mail: [email protected]

Doctoral study programme administrator
Anna Strazda
+371 67807234 +371 25619870 
E-mail: [email protected]