Ph.D. in Political Economy


Program Description

Excel in the field of political science

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

The Ph.D./Doctorate in Political Economy is an extensive study of the political and diplomatic trends of today, requiring learned to have a solid background in the field both academically and professionally. The program consists of courses that provide a broad spectrum of political international problems from the perspective of different parties involved. The program targets individuals who wish to excel in this field of ever-increasing importance and who wish to obtain an international perspective on their previous education and career experience. It also is aimed at individuals wishing to give their career an academic direction, developing skills of applied research, political consulting, and lecturing in the field of diplomacy/political science.

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

  • Advanced Political Economy
  • World and Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Law and the State
  • Advanced Political Theory

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 Political Economy 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

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