The Antwerp Management School Executive PhD Program is a 4 year, research-based program for senior executives looking to apply relevant knowledge and research skills to contemporary business problems in their industry or workplace. The program is a premium executive development program designed to be academically rigorous and intellectually challenging.
Our PhD program is tailor made around the needs of Executives and Managers who aim to translate their expertise and market know-how into a PhD degree. It addresses life-long learning aspirations of intellectually active professionals who have already obtained advanced degrees in their fields and wish to continue their education on the highest level. As such, the program enables you to acquire a new mindset and apply scientific methodologies to actual business issues. Therefore, the program has a major impact on your personal and professional development.
This program is designed for senior executives with over 10 years of relevant management experience, who work in organizations that are predominantly internationally oriented. A significant proportion is expected to hold board-level or CEO positions. Participants should have a commitment to life-long learning, and personal and leadership development.
Why follow this program at Antwerp Management School?
For the past 60 years Antwerp Management School has been at the forefront of innovation, transformation, entrepreneurship and ecosystems, always in the best interest of people and society. In all these years our ambition has remained unchanged. Our baseline perfectly captures what we stand for: “Opening minds to impact the world”. Our three key values haven’t changed either: global perspective, societal consciousness and self-awareness are still at the heart of everything we do.
Highly ranked and accredited business school
For almost sixty years Antwerp Management School has been providing high quality management training and research which has given a powerful impulse to economic and social activities in Belgium and far beyond. The AACSB and NVAO accreditations awarded to Antwerp Management School clearly demonstrate AMS permanent attention to quality education. AMS is also listed in the Financial Times Rankings and the School takes into account the principles for responsible management education as presented by PRME.
Find out more about the accreditations.
Research that matters and that strives for a positive impact on the world
As an excellent management school, we want to remain at the forefront of business innovation and transformation. Thanks to our extensive research team, we stay on top of business science, management and organization. We do this by both creating new knowledge through research and bringing about effective changes together with partners. Thus, our ambition is clear: “Opening minds to impact the world”.
Three pillars that make us stand out as a business school
We motivate our students to create sustainable value by becoming Global Citizens, mastering the art of decision-making and leading people. To accomplish this mission, Antwerp Management School delivers state-of-the-art management knowledge, anchored in a business and organizational context. This is the fundamental basis on which we put three value pillars that we believe are needed to become Global Citizens:
Performing in a team implies an objective view on one’s own strength. All our programs offer leadership and personal development skills.
2. Global Perspective
Development of cultural diversity and a global mindset. Intensified recruitment via partnerships with universities abroad.
3. Societal Consciousness
Values such as sustainability and societal contribution are engrained in our programs.
What can you expect?
Content level: Advanced Expertise
After attending this program
are able to generate, interpret and transfer academic knowledge within your professional and academic network;
will master business research tools and methods and be able to independently apply them to practical business challenges;
possess knowledge and experience in all our Academic Tracks. Find out more about these unique tracks;
might collaborate with the Faculty team at Antwerp Management School and continue your research activities in one of our Expertise Centers.
The four-year part-time program starts in October.
Stage 1 leads to the preparation of a PhD research proposal.
Stage 2 focuses on supervised research, advanced teaching competencies and lecturing skills, and culminates in the defense of a doctoral dissertation.
The program tuition fee for the 2021 – 2025 PhD cohort is € 63.100 (VAT exempt):
The respective fees will be invoiced according to the invoicing milestones hereafter, on a yearly basis. All invoices are payable within 30 days.
Stage 1: 37.100 euro
€19.800 (minus your deposit paid) will be invoiced in July 2021)
€17.300 will be invoiced in April 2022
Stage 2: 26.000 euro
€13.000 will be invoiced in August 2023
€13.000 will be invoiced in April 2024
In case you need an additional academic year (double a year and/or need an extension of the support), there will be an additional charge of €6500.
Antwerp Management School Boogkeers 5BE-2000 Antwerp Belgium
Antwerp Management School only admits participants to the Executive PhD program with the intrinsic motivation and eagerness to contribute to academic research and to become the next generation business leaders. Candidates must hold an MBA or master's degree from an accredited academic institution and must have extensive managerial experience. The Program is taught in English therefore an excellent knowledge of oral and written English is required.
Applicants whose native language is not English might be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
After successfully defending your doctoral dissertation, you will acquire a PhD Degree issued by the University of Antwerp. Either a "PhD in Management" or a "PhD in Social Sciences".