Extensive study of the political and diplomatic trends of today


The Ph.D. / Doctorate in Political Economy is being offered jointly and as a dual degree program by SMC University and 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 which 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.


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


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 which 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.


  • Master degree from an internationally recognized academic institution
  • Minimum 4 years of work experience in executive or senior management positions
  • Proficiency in English


Due to the flexible structure of the program, enrollment is on an ongoing basis. Supported by the asynchronous method of studying, admitted students may commence their studies at any time in alignment with their personal and professional commitments.

Program taught in:
  • English

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SMCU Tuition per quarter of €990 + Tuition installment 1 €1,750 (upon enrollment) + Tuition installment 2 €1,750 (upon start of validation). Alternatively, One Single Payment of €9,800 + UCN tuition (One single payment of €3,000) for a total tuition
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