Organization of Doctoral Studies

Doctoral studies is the third cycle of academic studies, aiming to develop human resources with competence in scientific research, capable of entering the highly qualified labour market. It consists of training, through research, for research, development and innovation and is a research professional experience, completed with a PhD diploma, after the public defence of the doctoral thesis.

Bucharest University of Economic Studies is an institution accredited by the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research as Doctoral Studies Organising Institution (hereinafter referred to as ASE-IOSUD) – and is based on the following regulations: a) National Education Law no. 1/2011, published in the Official Journal of Romania no. 18/10 January 2011 and entered into force on 9 February 2011, with subsequent additions and changes; b) Doctoral studies Code (hereinafter referred to as Code), approved by Romanian Government Decision no. 681/29 June 2011; c) Law no. 49/2013 for amending art.12 in Law no. 288/2004 on university studies organization; d) Law no. 288/2004 on university studies organization, published in the Official Journal of Romania no. 614/7 July 2014, with subsequent additions and changes; e) The ASE Charter in effect on the approval date of this Regulation.

Within ASE, the PhD is a scientific programme and represents an advanced form of learning through research, thus contributing to the development of professional skills in specific areas, as well as transversal competences.

ASE-IOSUD promotes interdisciplinary doctoral studies. Doctoral studies allow the acquisition of a level 8 qualification within the European Qualifications Framework and the National Qualifications Framework.

ASE organises doctoral studies in two branches of science: Economic Sciences and Legal Sciences, and ten doctoral studies areas:

  1. Business Administration
  2. Cybernetics and Statistics
  3. Accounting
  4. Economics (with two doctoral schools)
  5. Economics and International Business
  1. Finance
  2. Economic Informatics
  3. Management
  4. Marketing
  5. Law

For solid reasons, after completing the 3 years of the doctoral studies program, the duration may be extended by 1-2 years, at the suggestion of PhD supervisor, with the consent of CSUD and the approval of the University’s Senate, subject to the funds availability.

The doctoral program includes:

  • a training program based on advanced studies (PSUD);
  • an individual scientific research program (PICS).

The training program based on advanced studies (PSUD) and the individual scientific research program (PICS) are specified in the Individual Plan for PhD studies (PID), developed by the PhD student under the guidance of the PhD supervisor, supported by the guidance committee.

Selection and admission to doctoral studies programs

Admission contest is organized based on a methodology developed by CSUD, advised by the Board of Trustees and approved by the University’s Senate.

The admission contest consists in two tests: language test together with the evaluation of the candidate based on the enrolment folder and interview with the contest commission.

Only the graduates with master diploma, or its equivalent, from the country or abroad, regardless of the graduation year of the master program, are entitled to participate to the admission contest for doctoral studies.

Extended rules and regulations for the organization of doctoral studies can be found here.


The Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Council for Doctoral Studies (CSUD)

Tache Ionescu street, no.11, floor 1, room 8102. 
Phone: 319 19 00 / int. 603 
Phone: 021 312 55 84
Phone: 0372.713.954