Duration: 8 semesters.
Schedule: Full Time. Classes Monday to Friday between 3:10 pm and 6:20 pm. Some Saturdays can be full day for intensive courses.
Location: School of Economics and Business, Universidad de Chile, Diagonal Paraguay 257, Santiago, Chile.
Credits program: 204 credits.


The Ph.D. in Business Administration aims to train researchers and academics in the disciplines related to Administration and Business that contribute to the creation of new knowledge, to the  teaching of these disciplines, and to the solution of complex problems in Organizations through the application or creation of new knowledge and techniques to solve these problems.


Graduate School of Economics and Business
School of Economics and Business
Universidad de Chile
Department of Admissions
Miss Johanna Ramírez
Address: Diagonal Paraguay 205, Corporate Building, first floor.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm. Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Continued schedule.
Phone: (+ 56-2) 2 978 3730

The curriculum comprises courses of:

  • Foundation Courses: corresponding to the areas of business, statistics and microeconomics. (18 ECTS* credits).
  • Advanced Courses: aimed to enhance and deepen the learning of research methods and measurement techniques, studying subjects of Business Research Methods, Measurement and Surveys, Econometrics, Multivariate Methods and Teaching Methods in Business (30 ECTS*credits).
  • Doctorate Courses and Seminars: students must choose between two research tracks:
    Track 1: Strategy, Marketing and Organizations.
    Track 2: Finance and Financial Information.

    Each track has 6 Doctoral Seminars in their discipline areas and the Thesis Research Seminar I (totaling 42 ECTS*credits), in which students must develop their doctoral research proposal.

  • Students who comply with the Doctorate Courses and Seminars Phase and succeed in passing their Qualifying Examination, which is mandatory, will be eligible to apply for a Ph.D. in Business Administration Candidacy. Once the qualification exam is approved, the student will be able to continue his/her doctoral studies
  • Research and Doctoral Thesis: after choosing, the participants will perform their research according to their area of interest (Thesis Research Seminar II, 24 ECTS*credits) and then their Doctoral Theses (60 ECTS*credits) which, once passed, will allow them get their PhD in Business Administration.
  • Deepening and widening: it corresponds to complementary and/or specialized courses in the discipline of administration and business (30 ECTS*credits). *Previous academic background of the applicants will be considered to assess homologations.

The total duration of the program is estimated and may vary depending on holidays, calendars, changes of decree, and the extension of the Thesis or Equivalent Formative Activity.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional title, granted in Chile or abroad.
  • Work experience with a minimum of 3 years. Activities of equivalent relevance will also be considered.


  • Study the background of the applicant by the Academic Council.
  • Test general knowledge and logical.
  • Personal interview.
  • Phase decision which may include admission, conditional admission or non-acceptance to the program.


  • Admission request. Download format here.
  • Certificate of title or original university degree and legalized photocopy. Foreign applicants must legalize original title in the Chilean Consulate in their country of residence and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Santiago, once settled in Chile
  • Original Certificate of Notes. Foreign applicants must also submit a legalized copy.
  • Ranking position of the University of Origin.
  • Those who request the homologation of courses, must present the details of the undergraduate study program of the courses presented for accreditation (academic pensum). Each case will be evaluated by the Academic Committee of the program.
  • Photocopy of passport or passport in the case of foreign applicants, on both sides
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation. They are made through an electronic format, so contact details of two work or academic references (name, position or activity, company, address, telephone, e-mail) are requested, who provide the information via the web.
  • Foreign applicants must submit compulsory health insurance.
  • Application fee: $ 50,000 or $ 100, non-refundable amount. The checks or vale vista must be extended to the name of Universidad de Chile.

NOTEThe processing of student resident visa for foreigners may be requested from the country of residence after receiving the letter of acceptance into the program. More information about the process here.


  • 780 UF (USD $30,000.00 as reference)

* Susceptible value change without notice.

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Graduate School of Economics and Business
School of Economics and Business
Universidad de Chile
Department of Admissions
Miss Johanna Ramírez
Address: Diagonal Paraguay 205, Corporate Building, first floor.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm. Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Continued schedule.
Phone: (+ 56-2) 2 978 3730

Application process: starts the first week of August and ends the last week of November.

The program is designed in a full time format, but has some flexibility, which can allow students to take less load, taking a little longer to finish the program. Students have at least two afternoons of classes per week. In addition, some subjects will be taught in a concentrated way at the beginning and end of semesters (1) March the first two weeks, 2) During Break in July (1 week-ten days), 3) During Semester Summer Dic-Jan (Ten days).
The first two years (for some students 3 semesters) include this format. Subsequent to passing the Qualifyng Exam, students can work in a guided way with their thesis committee, having to register all the semesters at least that seminar, and also participate in activities, seminars and scheduled milestones, in order to guarantee the progress in their Thesis and graduation within a suitable time.
The approval system involves the candidate send your curriculum history undergraduate and master’s degrees to do the evaluation. In general, if you have a master’s degree in business, engineering or statistics, it is probable that you can approve the subjects of basic training, as well as some advanced or deep-training courses. Doctoral courses are generally not approved, except for exceptions to be considered by the program committee.
After passing the Qualifying Exam, (also called Comprehensive Examinations, or Preliminaries or Qualifiers), students are admitted to the doctoral candidate (Ph.D. (c), which lasts for a maximum of years in which they must complete and submit the doctoral thesis, subsequent to this, the candidature to doctor is extinguished (or must be renewed). In the course phase, and prior to passing the Qualifying Exam, the quality is a doctoral student.

PhD students can start working on their thesis from the day of admission. During the first two years, they will have to complete research work in both the Thesis Seminars and the doctoral courses that will be able to assist them in the development of the thesis. In addition, they should present their thesis ideas and advances of thesis proposal to professors. Once the Qualifying Exam has been approved (and admitted to the application), candidates for doctor can present their thesis proposal to the thesis committee, for approval and later execution and defense. The doctoral thesis is an independent and rigorous research work, based on the literature of the discipline and relevant theories, which addresses a gap in it (an anomaly, an uninvestigated topic, an unresolved question, a new question, a question with alternative or inconsistent answers), and that is approached with a scientific method and logic, generally with hypotheses to be tested and providing evidence for the refutation or not of the same ones. A thesis can also be made based on a set of papers.

To apply you do not need the sponsorship, but it is always positive that the interested can talk with some professors. It always helps both to clarify what the applicant wants / could do, and for more people to have an impression of the student’s commitment.

With respect to the thesis project, it would be possible for some teachers who were working on topics related to the area of interest. The Faculty through its professors cover an important spectrum of research areas in administration, people management, strategy, marketing, finance and financial information and related areas such as processes and control and information systems.

It is important to note that the FEN U. de Chile has AACSB Accreditation, so the degree has an internationally recognized certification in the best Business Schools in the world. At this time we do not have specific double degree agreements. We have general collaboration and exchange agreements that we are activating in a more specific way for the Doctorate. We are looking for the possibility of stays and doctoral courses or seminars abroad. We have advanced conversations with Universities in the United States, for these purposes.

Additionally we will have courses taught by international professors in Chile, in order to extend the academic networks of our students, and to access new trends and areas of relevance in the global context.

The program will offer scholarships based on competitive criteria including academic, professional background, standardized or admission test scores, therefore it is advisable to include evidence in this regard (certificates, papers or research, scores on external / international tests, letters of recommendation, etc.) in the applications. In general, the scholarships awarded by the Graduate School are associated with a partial or total exemption from the payment of fees. Students must provide a number of hours of work for these scholarships to the School or teachers to whom they will be assigned.

It is not required; however, results of previous exams (up to 5 years old) can be presented by the applicant such as GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL. Applicants are expected to have at least a minimum of knowledge of English at the beginning of the program.