PhD in Business Informatics


Program Description

The Doctoral School operates at the Business School of CUB under the control of the University Doctoral Council (“EDT”). The departments of the Faculty, as well as other university faculties and supervisors competent based on the topic, are involved in the work of the Doctoral School.

The Doctoral School focuses on enhancing the participants’ skills in continuous learning and the constructive development of their knowledge, thus training professionals capable of independent research. Through the acquisition of modern IT and computer science approaches and methodology, our graduates are able to perform complex economic analyses and forecasts, teaching, and research. The educational and research topics of the Doctoral School belong to the field of business informatics; there are numerous business and economic research challenges that can be examined through ICT tools and their backgrounds. Within the business architecture aspect, the areas of business informatics are connected to all of the value-creating of IT.

The educational and research areas of the program were developed accordingly. The Doctoral School has five specialization areas: information management and business informatics, data analysis and modeling, economic- and social statistics, media and information regulation, and future studies. The Business Informatics Doctoral School operates in a very rapidly developing interdisciplinary field from 2009. The popularity of the MSc and BSc in business informatics is unbroken and the number of potential students increases from year to year (68 students started to learn in our school so far). We strengthened the international character of our program recently. Since 2014, we have foreign students from various countries, like Germany, Kosovo, Pakistan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Bosnia, and Romania.

The courses and the research topics are available in foreign languages as well (especially in English). The instructors and the supervisors have an extensive international network, which supports the international cooperation of the students and strengthens their international relations (e.g. Marie Curie program, Erasmus Programs). We have developed strategic relationships with national and international organizations in the field of business informatics: NJSZT (John von Neumann Computer Society), Hungarian Central Statistical Office, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Computer Science and Control, Hungarian CIO Association, ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing). We collaborate with companies and software firms, e.g. SAP, Microsoft as well. The Doctoral School has research cooperation with the University of Ljubljana, UBT Kosovo, and Chiang Mai University. We have a Ph.D. student exchange program with these universities as well.

Specializations (Head of Specialization)

  • Information Management and Business Informatics (András Gábor)
  • Data Analysis and Modelling (Andrea Kő)
  • Economic and Social Modelling (Ilona Cserháti)
  • Futures Research (Erzsébet Nováky)
  • Media and Information Regulation (Zsolt Balogh)


Eligibility criteria include the following: 

  • University degree or an MA/MSc degree with honors (or equivalent) awarded in an accredited educational program as well as 300 credits obtained in either a single cycle or a two-stage university (undergraduate and graduate) education. Please note that non-master level MBA degrees are not accepted! 
  • Applicants without previous studies in the relevant field (but who otherwise meet all the entrance requirements) can be admitted provided that they take a number of “bridging” subjects during the first semester of their studies and pass the relevant exams.
  • For students graduating in the 2019/2020 academic year, the deadline for presenting the certificates is 2 September 2020. Admission for the given year is only conditional until applicants are able to produce their certificates. Priority shall be given to applicants who have won a prize in the relevant subject at the National Conference of Scientific Students' Associations ("OTDK"). A further advantage is proven researcher capacity (e.g. OTD, scientific publications). 
  • Proficiency in the English language is also a requirement. If the applicant does not have a language certificate in English, English knowledge should be proven in an interview organized by the Ph.D. Programme.

Information with regard to self-financing and scholarship:

The doctoral education program is full time and can be completed with state scholarship or through self-financing. The contents of the program are identical in both cases. All the students take part in the same courses, the only difference being in the form of financing. Students who are granted status with scholarship receive a state scholarship, the amount of which is HUF 140 680/month in semesters 1 to 4 and HUF 180 680/month in semesters 5 to 8. The relevant amounts are transferred to the student’s bank account by the University. 

The following students are eligible for state scholarship: 

  • Ph.D. students with Hungarian citizenship who apply for full-time education in an organized form.
  • foreign Ph.D. students who receive equivalent treatment with students of Hungarian citizenship on the basis of legislation or an international agreement. 

The time period of the payment of the state doctoral scholarship is 4 years (48 months). The amount of the scholarship is set out in Act CCIV of 2011 on Higher Education. In accordance with the Act, whereas the majority of the educational costs of students with a scholarship is covered by the state budget, the costs of self-financed education are borne by the student. 

During the program, all Ph.D. students may apply for funds to support their participation in conferences in Hungary and abroad.

For students to be admitted in 2020, tuition fees per semester for the 2020/21 academic year are as follows:

  • HUF 320 000 Hungarian-language program for Hungarian citizens and foreign (EU and EEA) enjoying equal treatment with Hungarians.
  • HUF 660 000 (regular tuition fee of HUF 320 000 + language contribution of HUF 340 000)  English-language program for Hungarian citizens and foreign (EU and EEA) enjoying equal treatment with Hungarians.
  • EUR 3 200 Third-country nationals.
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Corvinus University is Hungary’s most eminent educational institution in the fields of economics, Management, and Social Sciences. University-level education, just as in the most advanced countries o ... Read More

Corvinus University is Hungary’s most eminent educational institution in the fields of economics, Management, and Social Sciences. University-level education, just as in the most advanced countries of the world, started in Budapest in the1920s at the autonomous Economics Faculty of the Hungarian Royal University of Science. Read less