Ph.D. in Finance


Program Description

Excel in the dynamic finance field

The Ph.D./Doctorate in Finance is being offered jointly with Universidad Central de Nicaragua.

The Ph.D./Doctorate in Finance provides an in-depth study of the strategic financial issues in today’s economy and provides a solid base for conducting comprehensive research in the field. The courses created and the issues raised typically have a theoretical, mathematical, and business application. The Ph.D./Doctorate of Finance is ideal for individuals with very strong financial backgrounds and previous financial education who wish to excel in this very dynamic field. This dual degree program is also aimed at university, university college, polytechnics lecturers who seek a thorough foundation for an academic career provided by a Ph.D. degree.

UCN Universidad Central de Nicaragua was founded in 1997 as a private Nicaraguan university in Managua, Nicaragua. It was accredited by the Consejo Nacional de Universidades and received the status of a fully autonomous university with unrestricted degree awarding authority by Act of Parliament and by the award of the fully autonomous university status by Decree of the President of Nicaragua.


The program is entirely flexible and thus its duration depends on your progress and on the time and effort you are prepared to dedicate. Students are free to start courses at any time, this is to honor and support the particular agendas of our students who are mainly working professionals in managerial positions. Nevertheless at the beginning of each course, together with your professor, you will construct a schedule for the completion of the course.

Course outline

Core Stage

  • Research Methodology & Design I
  • Research Methodology & Design II

Specialization Stage

  • Derivative Instruments and Market
  • Commercial and Investment Banking
  • Project Finance
  • Taxation & Fraud Examination
  • Performance Management

Dissertation Stage

  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Defense

Admission criteria

Swiss Management Center welcomes qualified applicants with no discrimination towards their gender, age, cultural, ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds. Distance learning candidates are admitted on a continuous basis.

Admission at Swiss Management Center sets minimum criteria that have been designed to identify applicants who have sound academic potential and who show creativity, critical thinking, social and moral values, evidence of English language proficiency, and strong motivation.

Course requirements

Graduate degree

Master degree from an internationally recognized academic institution.

Work experience

Minimum 4 years of work experience in executive or senior management positions.

Language proficiency

Proficiency in English.

Program cost

As a student in the Ph.D. in Finance program, you do not need to worry about student debt. We are here to help you do the math and figure out the best payment plan aligned with your situation. The tuition can be settled via our payment partners below or by bank transfer.

We offer two payment options:

One single payment

You may settle the entire tuition in a single payment of €14,500 (no further costs apply).

The tuition can be settled via online payment or by bank transfer.

Alternative Payment Options

Flexible payment schedules available on demand – you will be contacted by our administration after applying with our application form.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

SMC Business School is a truly global institution with learners from more than 130 different countries. We educate high achievers with a sense of individualism, standing out from the crowds. You recei ... Read More

SMC Business School is a truly global institution with learners from more than 130 different countries. We educate high achievers with a sense of individualism, standing out from the crowds. You receive unsurpassed service, strong professional networks, true career opportunities, and remain flexible in place & time. Read less