PhD | IE Business School

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A full time program designed to educate outstanding individuals to become international scholars with a multicultural view of management.

  • 48 months
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  • Doctorals
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  • Professional
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  • In English
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  • Full-time

The Admission Process

Once the candidate submits the application form, the Evaluation Committee gathers to select the best candidates. It is essential to provide detailed information on relevant academic and professional achievements, together with aspirations and motivations that could support your application. The demanding nature of the PhD program requires a very strict recruitment process. Only exceptional candidates will be selected for interview.

Application Form and Documents

The application is an integral piece of the admissions process at IE. The application allows future IE students to develop in writing their personal and professional experience, as well as outline their future aspirations and goals.
The application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and is also used as an informational tool within the interview and final admission decision. Before you start, we list you a few important details about our online application system:
Once you start the online application, you may save your work and return to it at a later date.
We do not review any portion of the application until you finalize and submit the application.
Your application should be completed in the language in which you plan to study.
We thank you for your interest in IE and look forward to receiving your completed application to learn more about you, your progression and how IE fits into your future.

Deadline to apply to the PhD program is January 31 every year for the intake starting in October the same year.

Documents required:

  • Application Form
  • Academic Accreditation, Bachelors Degree or equivalent
  • Transcripts and Diploma
  • GRE o GMAT test scores
  • GRE Code: 0108 IE Business School
  • GMAT  Code: IE Business School - PhD in Management 6XT-ZH-45
  • TOEFL, Cambridge Proficiency Certificate or IELTS
  • TOEFL IE PhD Program: Code 0707
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Photo and copy of passport


Personal Interview

The personal interaction of the interview gives us the insight into who you are, your hopes and motivation to do a PhD program. The Candidate will have to go over an interview with the Academic Director of the Program. The candidate will also, be interviewed by one or two members of our faculty. Only outstanding applicants will be called for an interview. These interviews will be done face to face or by phone or videoconference.

Final Decision

After the interviews are conducted during the month of March, it will take, roughly, 1 month for the PhD Committee to review your file and provide you with a final decision.
Admission to the Ph.D Program is valid, only, for the intake you are applying to.

Once enrolled, your main point of contact with all the different departments’ part of your IE experience will be the Campus Online where all announcements from the Academic Department and other departments will be posted. Once you have access, don’t forget to check it regularly!

The Ph.D staff will, always, be working beside you towards making your IE Experience a smoother and an altogether more enjoyable one.

PhD Department

  • María de Molina, 12- Bajo, 28006 Madrid, Spain
  • TEL +34 91 568 9733

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