Applications for admission can be submitted by 31 May (15 December in the case of cross-semester courses) of each year by submitting the application form, research plan, CV, motivation letter and other necessary documents, which can be downloaded from the Doctoral School's website.

The current topic descriptions of the Doctoral School can be found on the website of the National Doctoral Council. .

The admission interview takes place in mid-June each year and students are notified of the results in July. Students who have been admitted can register via Neptun system until the end of the first week of September. The student takes the courses according to the model syllabus during the period of enrolment and completes them according to a set timetable. The duration of the course is 4 years for full-time and part-time students. During this period, the study and examination requirements, including publication requirements, must be passed.

At the end of the second year, the student will take a complex exam to report on his/her progress so far and his/her plans for the future. By the time of the complex examination, the student must have fully completed all the studying credits and earned additional credits by completing research, conferences, publications and consultations. A minimum of 120 credits is required to pass the complex examination.

The pre-degree certificate (Absolutorium) is awarded by completing 240 credits, which must be achieved by the end of the 8th active semester after the first enrolment. Detailed course requirements are available at the Doctoral School’s Training Programme and the Courses of the Doctoral School section.

Individual training is only available in very duly justified cases, starting with a complex examination. The student is obliged to pay tuition fees until the award of the pre-degree certificate (Absolutorium) i.e. until the submission of the dissertation.

Before the dissertation is submitted for public discussion, the supervisor of the doctoral candidate and the department/institute hosting the topic organise a preliminary defence, which is recorded in the minutes. Only a dissertation whose two opponents have made a statement to that effect may be submitted for public discussion. The final deadline for the submission of the dissertation is 5 years after the start of the doctoral programme, i.e. it must be submitted no later than the third year following the complex examination. In special cases, an extension of one year may be requested.

After a successful defence, the candidate will receive a Doctor of Management and Business Administration (PhD) degree and a diploma issued by the university.

The rules of the doctoral studies are set out in the Operating Rules of John von Neumann University Doctoral School of Management and Business Administration and the Doctoral Regulations of Neumann János University contain detailed information.