Doctoral program in Management Science offered by the University of Latvia, Riga

As of spring 2016 University of Salzburg Business School – SMBS is the administrative partner of University of Latvia, Riga, in the German speaking countries for their doctoral program in Management Science.

The University of Latvia is a long-established, state-run university, entitled to award doctoral and postdoctoral degrees and qualifications. With around 20.000 students, it is the largest university of the country. The University holds an excellent reputation in research and teaching.

The fee-based program has been developed and established at the Faculty of Economics and Management. It is based on a three-year structured concept of intense seminars, research colloquia, doctoral workshops, evaluations, publications, teaching activities, conference participations and the doctoral thesis.

Overall the doctoral students participate in 11 doctoral seminars. The seminars will be offered during the first two years of the program. Usually three seminars per semester will be offered. Usually two of them will be offered at SMBS. One seminar per semester – during the first two years – will be conducted at University of Latvia, Riga. The seminars take two to three days each. Conferences, Workshops and examinations (at Riga) support the qualitative approach of the program.

The classic dissertation will be developed as a research project. The dissertation is the core of the program.

The development of the dissertations will be guided and evaluated regularly. Right from the beginning, doctoral students are in close contact with relevant Professors in the German-speaking area, as well as with Professors from the University of Latvia, Riga.


Aim: Application and transfer-oriented research; Doctoral Degree awarded by the University of Latvia, Riga: Dr. sc. admin. (Doctor in Management Science)
Admission: Academic degree(s), preferred with focus on management and economics with a five years standard period of study, awarded from a offically recognized University resp. University of Applied Sciences. E.g. Bachelor & Master or Magister resp. Diploma which are the classical academic degrees in Austria resp. Germany. Also graduates of German University of Applied Sciences, which passed study programs with a standard study period of 8 semesters can get access to this program. Also (other) equivalent foreign academic degrees are acceptable.
Title: Dr. sc. admin. (Doctor in Management Science)
Didactics: Research project; constant evaluation, right from the beginning doctoral students are in close contact with Professors from the German-speaking area as well as from University of Lativa
Duration: At least 6 semesters
Language: English


1. Research Project

The research project must be developed as a project. The documentation on is contained in the research specification which, includes a schedule and milestones. In the course of the application process, a first project concept (3-5 pages) is necessary.

A comprehensive research proposal will be developed during the first semester.

2. Application Materials:

  • An application Form
  • CV with a profile picture
  • Application for Doctorate theme
  • A certified copy of Matura (A-Level), a graduation certificate and further study credentials
  • College degree certificates as a certified copy
  • Declaration of any previous promotional applications (timing, faculties, themes)
  • Current certificate or criminal record certificate (or equivalent document) in original
  • Concept of the research project (3-5 pages)
  • Proof of competence on research methodology
  • Declaration on English language skills
  • Certified copy of the passport
  • Letter of recommendation

Please submit your applications to SMBS.

Application and transfer-oriented research: Doctoral Program

The SMBS - University of Salzburg Business School offers motivated and capable working professionals the opportunity to gain the academic degree "Doctor in Management Science" (Dr. sc. admin). The research project consists of a tangible challenge description, while the accompanying colloquia form is the basis of the dissertation.

Receiving a doctorate at SMBS is characterized by practice-related research, transfer-oriented research management and competent project supervision. A scientific network supports knowledge creation, supervision and transfer.

All program specifications are subject to modifications.

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  • *subject to change.