The PhD in Business Administration program at the Seoul Business School combines research excellence with professional practice and can be completed in tandem with a DBA from Lausanne Business School (BSL) or Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) or Birkbeck, University of London. It is a full research program that provides students with the methodological and intellectual (analytical) skills required for executing research for the purpose of creating new knowledge and to help students advance in their chosen careers. Students will develop advanced research skills and be equipped to work in senior level managerial roles. The PhD program is for independent, self-directed working professionals who already have achieved a lot in their business career and need to have new challenges. Students are supported by a team of advisors to develop an original contribution to knowledge written up in a publishable dissertation.

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Degree Overview

To fulfill the requirements for this PhD in Business Administration degree, participants must successfully complete studies worth 36 credits. Studies include 10 credits in research methods, 8 credits in a concentration area, 14 credits of electives, two published journal articles, comprehensive exam, thesis research project (4 credits), and written thesis and oral defense. The PhD can be completed in 3 years. The program has a modular structure and follows a four-week learning cycle. Courses are delivered  on Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm and there is a 100% English track offered.

Research Methods Core
Business Topics Core
Concentration (Choose One)
Research Colloquiums
* Note: One module is comprised of total 15 hours (1 credit per module). Elective courses are subject to change without notice.
* Note: For students entering after the first semester of the 2022 academic year, it is required to complete 1 additional credit of general
education course through MBS(Management Book Society) to obtain a doctoral degree at aSSIST. (Total of 37 credits, including 1
credit from MBS.)

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Study in Seoul

Studying at Seoul Business School has obvious career advantages with huge multi-nationals and local Korea firms basing themselves in the famous city.

Studying the PhD in Business Administration in Seoul gives students the opportunity to expand their business knowledge and take advantage of one of the world’s most modern, multicultural and safest cities. Seoul boasts unparalleled opportunities for graduates because it is the headquarters for some of the world’s most well-known brand name companies, including Samsung, SK, Hyundai, POSCO, LG and Hanwha. The aSSIST University campus is smack in the middle of what is arguably one the leading business hubs in the world; just minutes away from Yeouido, the finance and investment banking district of Seoul.

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Fast-track Your Studies


cademically promising students may enrolled in the Fast-track to doctoral studies program and complete their doctorate degree in less time by taking advantage of this new path. With our Fast-track option, part of your Masters coursework counts towards your progression to a PhD degree to expedite your path through the program. This allows you to potentially shorten your studies and pay less tuition. You just need to submit a Fast-track application to the Doctoral program any time during your MBA program, but space is limited.

Once you have competed courses for the Master's program, you will have up to 12 of those credits transferred to the Doctorate program. During the remaining time in the program, you will fulfill the same requirements as Doctoral students. As a fast-track program applicant, you must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in your Masters-level studies. You must also provide strong evidence that you are capable of successfully completing appropriate research for the Doctoral level.

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The application period for studies beginning March 1st, 2021. Due date of the deadline for the PhD in Business Administration degree is January 29. You are eligible to apply if you meet the criteria listed below. Start your electronic application by clicking the "apply online" button.


Masters Degree

Masters (or expected graduate) degree from an accredited college or university.

5+ Years Work Experience

More than 5 years of work experience including 3 years of professional job experience.


  • Application Form
  • Certificate of Graduation
  • Transcript
  • Certificate of Work Experience
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official English Proficiency Test Certificate (TOEIC score above 700)
  • Passport Size Photos
  • Copy of Passport
  • Document Submission Form


Application Fee

80,000 won

Enrollment Fee

800,000 won

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: 9,000,000 won per semester

Services Fee: 1,175,000 won per semester

Thesis Exam Fee

1,000,000 won

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