Sign in to my CASS Europe

The CASS Europe Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Program Objective

The Ph.D. Program at CASS Europe is designed to equip students with the necessary analytical skills to carry out high-quality research and teaching in various fields of business administration and management. The Graduate school of International Management (GSIM) at CASS Europe currently offers the PhD program in the following areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Healthcare Management
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Management

Regardless of the area of concentration, all students start the program with three fundamental courses in scientific research. These are:

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Qulitative Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Research Methodology

Following successful completion of these courses students go on to take the relevant modules in their chosen field of concentration in the PhD program. The concentration area gets more intense in the second year of the program when participants are more focuses on their chosen area of specialization.

The overall objective of the program is to train highly competent academics and researchers in the above-mentioned fields. The program places significant emphasis on research that must meet the highest level of scientific rigor. Partner universities of CASS Europe provide input to the program through course delivery and supervision of PhD theses. The PhD degree is awarded by CASS Europe.

The program is structured so that students gain experience early in presenting their own on-going research in seminars and workshops. All doctoral students (PhD and DBA students alike) are expected to make presentations in the research seminars and workshops at least twice a year (i.e. each semester of the program). The research seminars and workshops provide students with the opportunity to obtain feedback from their peers and faculty alike.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the program applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have a research Master’s degree in an area of Business Administration, Healthcare Management, and ICT Management respectively (or related fields);
  • Have another Master’s degree in the indicated areas with a strong research orientation.
  • Have a very good oral and written command of the English language. For applicants who are not native speakers of English (or have completed a higher education program taught in the English language), the Graduate School requires proof of one of the following English language tests: TOEFL (minimum 550), TOEIC, IELTS (minimum 6.5) or other similar tests.
  • A PhD thesis proposal of up to 15 pages
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A completed and signed application form.

Applicants to the program are required to attend an interview session in person to be held at CASS Europe or a partner higher education institution abroad. Final decision regarding admission of an applicant to the program is based on the above criteria as well as the result of the personal interview.

Program Structure

The structure of the program is as follows:

  • Stage 1: Fundamentals of Academic Research Courses
  • Stage 2: Specialized Courses and Research Workshops in Business Administration and Healthcare Management
  • Stage 3: PhD Thesis

Faculty

Faculty of the PhD programme includes:

  • Faculty of CASS Europe
  • Faculty of partner universities
  • Affiliate international faculty and experts

Program Curriculum

The curriculum of the program is as follows:

  • Fundamentals of Scientific Research Courses.
  • Specialized Courses in Business Administration, Healthcare Management, Information and Communication technology (ICT) Management.
  • Research seminars and workshops in Business Administration, Healthcare Management, and ICT Management. These courses, research seminars, and workshops are organized for the most part during the first and second year of the program. The objective being to give participants the necessary foundation that will enable them prepare a scientifically rigorous PhD thesis in their chosen field. Through the even distribution of courses, research seminars, and workshops faculty members are able to follow the work of students more closely and monitor progress regularly.The second component of the program refers primarily to the conduct of research leading to the PhD thesis which must be presented and defended orally in front of a panel of experts drawn from the faculty of CASS Europe, faculty of partner higher education institutions, and two external assessors of the PhD thesis selected from the European and international academic community.

Business Administration

Course Requirements:

Program participants are required to successfully complete the following courses, research seminars, and workshops:

Courses
Class Hours

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Research

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Research Methodology
  • 30
  • 30
  • 30

Unit 2 : Specialized Courses in Business Administration

  • International Business Management
  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • 30
  • 30

Unit3: Research Seminar/Workshop

  • Research Seminar/Workshop I
  • 30

Unit 4: Specialized Courses

  • International Marketing
  • Business Law
  • 30
  • 30

Unit 5: Research Workshop

  • Research Seminar/Workshop II
  • 30

Unit 6: Specialized Courses

  • International Human Resource Management
  • 30

Unit 7: Research Workshop

  • Research Seminar/ Workshop III
  • 30

It should be noted that in addition to the above-mentioned courses, research seminars, and workshops, program participants are actively encouraged to follow PhD courses, research seminars and workshops organized at other higher education institutions and/or research institutions in Europe and internationally in order to broaden their perspective of Business Administration research.

The course component of the program (i.e. the courses, research seminars and workshops successfully completed at CASS Europe and at other higher education institutions) amounts to a total of 60 ECTS credits.

Healthcare Management

Course Requirements:

The PhD program provides participants with the necessary training which will enable them write an academically rigorous PhD thesis in healthcare management and at the same time gain practical relevance for the healthcare profession.
Program participants are required to successfully complete the following courses, research seminars, and workshops:

Courses
Class Hours

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Research

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • 30
  • 30
  • 30

Unit 2 : Specialized Courses in Helathcare Management

  • Health Policy and Planning
  • Health and Social Care Marketing
  • International Health Management
  • 30
  • 30
  • 30

Unit 3: Research Seminar/Workshop

  • Healthcare Management I
  • 30

Unit 4: Specialized Courses in Healthcare management

  • Health Legislation
  • Management of Human Resource in Healthcare
  • 30
  • 30

Unit 5: Research Seminar/Workshop

  • Healthcare Management II
  • Healthcare Management III
  • 30
  • 30

It should be noted that in addition to the above-mentioned courses, research seminars, and workshops, program participants are actively encouraged to follow PhD courses, research seminars and workshops organized at other higher education institutions and/or research institutions in Europe and internationally in order to broaden their perspective of Business Administration research.
The course component of the program (i.e. the courses, research seminars and workshops successfully completed at CASS Europe and at other higher education institutions) amounts to a total of 60 ECTS credits.

ICT Management

Course Requirements:

The CASS Europe PhD in ICT Management represents cutting-edge research program designed to address issues at the interface between ICT, management, and associated disciplines. The program is of an international and interdisciplinary nature. Its objective is to train academics, researchers and practitioners in this exciting and highly sought after field.

Program participants are required to successfully complete the following courses, research seminars, and workshops:

Courses
Class Hours

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Research Courses

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Research Methodology
  • 30
  • 30
  • 30

Unit 2 : Specialized Courses in ICT Management

  • Perspective of Innovation in Management Research
  • Business Process, Value Chains & Networks
  • Strategy, Technology and Organization
  • 30
  • 30
  • 30

Unit 3: Research Seminar/Workshop in ICT Management

  • Research Seminar/Workshop I
  • 30

Unit 4: Specialized Courses in ICT management

  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • The Web as a Source of Research Data
  • The Role of ICT in Management Research
  • 30
  • 30
  • 30

Unit 5: Research Seminar/Workshop in ICT Management

  • Research Seminar/Workshop II
  • Research Seminar/Workshop III
  • 30
  • 30

It should be noted that in addition to the above-mentioned courses, research seminars, and workshops, program participants are actively encouraged to follow PhD courses, research seminars and workshops organized at other higher education institutions and/or research institutions in Europe and internationally in order to broaden their perspective of Business Administration research.

The course component of the program (i.e. the courses, research seminars and workshops successfully completed at CASS Europe and at other higher education institutions) amounts to a total of 60 ECTS credits.

Credit Transfer

CASS Europe operates within the framework of the Bologna Process which encompasses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). This effectively means that a student who has successfully completed an equivalent course of study at another higher education institution operating within the framework of the ECTS credit system can ask to transfer credits earned in such previous studies to a program of study at CASS Europe. Students enrolled in the PhD program can therefore apply to the Graduate School to have credits earned in comparable courses at other higher education institutions within the framework transferred to their PhD program at CASS Europe. Transfer credits are subject to time limitation and they relate to all programs of study at CASS Europe. Accordingly, credits cannot be more than three (3) years at the time of application for transfer.

Transfer credit is requested formally by listing the courses on the program of study, and obtaining the relevant Program Committee and Academic Director’s approval. Students intending to request transfer credit for previous studies will need to submit to the relevant school at CASS Europe all official transcripts from colleges or universities showing such credit. A catalog description of the course must be available (either in paper form or on the concerned institution’s website). The institution from which credits are being transferred must be accredited by a recognized accreditation organization and/ or be a part of the ECTS system. Exceptions to this policy may be made by the Dean of CASS Europe on a case-by-case basis upon recommendation of the Academic Director.

E-Learning

All CASS Europe programs delivered within its campuses and/or at a partner higher education institution abroad are also available online. These e-Learning programs are strictly identical to the programs delivered in house. CASS Europe uses COURSE Sites by Blackboard as the platform for delivering the online learning.

Up to 75% of the courses in each program can be completed online, with the remaining 25% organized as intensive seminars at CASS Europe or at the facility of a partner higher education institution abroad. This flexibility allows working professionals to successfully complete their chosen program of study on time without the need to take long periods of absence from the demands of their professional responsibilities.

Examination

Examination system at CASS Europe is based on a combination of class attendance, active participation, group work, and formal individual exams conducted by the instructor at the end of each course/module.

The grading system is based on the international standard of A, B, C, D, F with “A” being the highest passing grade and “F” stands for fail. Additional notations in the grading system are: Z, I, and Y. Based on the totality of these notations a student’s performance in a course/module is graded as follows:

Grade Marks % Interpretation
A 70-100 Excellent
B 60-69 Very Good
C 50-59 Good
D 40-49 Pass
F 1-39 Fail
Z   Disqualification
I   Incomplete
Y   Continuing

Definition of grades

Pass Grades: Grades A to D constitute Pass grades.
Failure Grades: F, Z constitute Failure grades.
Continuing: Grade Y (for continuing) shall be awarded at the end of a semester to any student who is taking a course which continues into the next semester.

Disqualification:

Grade Z denotes disqualification from an examination as a result of an examination malpractice or offence, and shall be awarded whenever it is established that a candidate had attempted to gain an unfair advantage in an examination.

Non-completion of Course:

Grade I (for Incomplete) shall be awarded to a student who is unable to complete a course for reasons deemed by the institution’s Academic Council to be satisfactory. Such a student shall be expected to complete the course the next time it is available.

For details on examination and related matters please consult the Graduate Student Handbook.

PhD Thesis Requirements and Supervision

The PhD thesis supervisor generally looks at the scientific work being prepared by the student, supervises it, and is committed to ensuring that quality standards of the work are being met. The supervisor is a person with the requisite academic qualification and experience in the chosen field of the thesis research. The supervisor has expert knowledge of the field in which the student is carrying out his/her research. The supervisor’s task is to guide the PhD student from commencement of the research through the oral presentation and defence of the completed research work (PhD viva voce).

The PhD thesis supervisor has to ensure that the PhD student takes initiatives and is creative. The supervisor has the duty to inform the institution’s Academic Director on all matters related to supervision of the PhD student. The Academic Director, in turn, informs the PhD Program Committee on all matters related to the PhD program.

The PhD thesis supervisor is required to sign the Thesis Approval Form. Additionally, the Academic Director is required to sign the thesis approval form. The signature of the Academic Director is an assertion of the authenticity of the PhD thesis Supervisor’s signature and of the acceptability of the thesis to the Graduate School. Therefore, this signature must be original. All required signatures must be submitted to the Graduate School on the same form in support of the thesis deposit.

A PhD degree candidate studying full-time is expected to complete all degree requirements within three (3) years of first registering as a degree-seeking student in the PhD program.

For details on PhD thesis requirements and related matters please refer to the publication Theses Handbook: Graduate School. Students are required to read carefully instructions contained in the Theses Handbook.

PhD Graduation Requirements

In order to be allowed to graduate a student must have been enrolled in the PhD program for three (3) consecutive academic years (i.e. six semesters), successfully completed the course component of the program, submitted and orally defended the PhD thesis. The course component of the program amounts to a total of 60 ECTS credits. One (1) ECTS credit is equivalent to 27 class contact hours. Class contact hours include formal lectures by the course instructor, exercises, case preparation and presentation, and other forms of group work in class. One (1) hour of lectures requires three (3) hours of preparatory work by the student ahead of the scheduled lectures. The remainder of time in the PhD program is devoted to research leading to the PhD thesis which must be defended in a viva voce.

Detailed information related to graduation requirements in the PhD program is provided in the Academic Policies and Regulations Handbook.

Diploma Supplement

Within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) a Diploma Supplement (DS) represents a more comprehensive statement and explanation of the learning system in an educational program. It is a European Union document which is attached to a higher education qualification (i.e. degree, diploma, etc.) the aim of which is to enhance international transparency and at the same time facilitate the academic and professional qualification earned. The DS provides a detailed description of the nature, level, context, content, and status of the studies successfully completed by the individual mentioned on the original qualification to which the supplement is attached.

Upon request CASS Europe will issues a DS to a student who has successfully completed all the requirements of the institution’s PhD program. It should be mentioned however, that the DS is free from any value judgments, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition.

Financial Aid

Every year CASS Europe offers a limited number of partial scholarships to a few deserving students. The main criteria for obtaining these are the academic and professional achievements of the participants as well as the quality of the application package they submit. In exchange for the allocated partial scholarship, the participant is asked to provide administrative support to the program. The evaluation of the assignment and the time involved is proportional to the amount of the scholarship granted. The allocated scholarship covers only part of the tuition costs. Program participants have a number of options in financing their studies at CASS Europe. These include: personal finances, bank loans at preferential student rates, home government scholarships, company sponsorships, and so on. European students may also enquire about possible scholarships available through the EU institutions. Under certain conditions arrangements may be made for tuition fees to be paid in installments.

Application

PhD Course Description