Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the Doctorate in Business Economics a part-time program?
No. The doctorate is a full time program. Classes are given from Monday to Friday.
- In my job, I would be allowed to be absent during class hours. Can I develop my doctorate and keep my job?
The doctorate requires exclusive dedication. During the week, students attend their classes, solve exercises, attend seminars and study. Given the intense workload, it is incompatible with another activity. That is why the Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) grants scholarships which cover the cost of the program and provide monthly support for the 4 years the program last.
- Once the program stage has finished, can I go back to my job and develop the thesis in parallel?
No, the doctorate requires exclusive dedication. If the student spends all his/her time to the development of his/her doctoral thesis, then he/she should finish the program in 4 years. It is difficult for teachers to want to supervise a thesis of a student who will not fully dedicate himself/herself to the development of the thesis.
- I have good mathematical preparation, but I have never taken an economics course, can I enter the program?
No, the doctoral courses assume that the student has, among others, a good mathematical preparation and understands economics at the undergraduate level. We do not have a remedial measure for the above.
- By being accepted in the Doctorate in Business Economics, will assure me that I can develop my thesis in “co-supervision” at the University of Macquarie?
No, the student must comply with the requirements demanded by said university and be accepted by them for being allow to develop the doctoral thesis under the co-tutelage format at the University of Macquarie.
- If I meet with the program director, will my chance of being admitted increase?
No, although any potential student is welcome to interview with the director, if wished. The acceptances are based entirely on the applicant’s academic background and his/her interview (if pre-selected) with the program’s admission committee. Moreover, the program director is not part of the admission committee.
- In my country of origin, I need a letter of acceptance to apply for a scholarship. Can you give me such a letter?
No, letters of acceptance are only granted by the Universidad del Desarrollo’s direction of doctorates to which the admission committee has selected.
- If I have a master’s degree in economics or management, can I validate some courses of the doctorate?
With a few exceptions, the master’s degree courses are not validated by courses in the doctorate.
- If I do not have a master, can I apply for a doctorate?
Yes, although having a master’s degree in economics, management or related area, in which you had good academic performance, can help you to perform better in the first-year courses, but is not a requirement for applying and eventually be accepted into the doctorate.
- If I already have a master, does my probability of being accepted in the doctorate increase?
Not necessarily. The admission committee makes its decision assessing all applicant’s background and trying to predict whether the student will be able to pass the doctoral courses, pass the preliminary or comprehensive exams and finally write a thesis that leads to publications. That is, the committee tries to forecast based on all the applicant’s background, whether he or she can successfully complete the doctoral program. Only in some cases, having a master’s degree can help you succeed in the doctoral program.
- Is there a separate process to apply for admission and the scholarship granted by the UDD?
No, the application to the program also serves as application for the scholarship. The exception occurs when the applicant expressly indicates he/she does not need a scholarship to complete the program in a letter included in the application.
- If I have external financial assistance and therefore do not apply for the UDD scholarship, does my probability of being accepted increase?
No, the acceptance to the program is based exclusively on academic aspects.
- In what way should I reward the scholarship granted by UDD?
The scholarship students are required to collaborate for 10 hours a week with the Faculty of Economics and Business of the UDD. This help may consist of being a corrective assistant, research assistant, teaching an undergraduate course, etc.
- What are the minimum requirements to maintain the scholarship?
To maintain the scholarship, advance satisfactorily in the program is required. This means not failing any course, passing the preliminary exams at the end of the first year, developing and approving the doctoral thesis.
¿How long will the scholarship last?
The scholarship lasts 4 years and is not extendable beyond that period. If a student takes more than 4 years to obtain a doctorate, he or she should look for other funding sources to continue.
- What is the profile of the students admitted to the program in the first admission process (2017)?
The first cohort of the program is constituted by three women and two men, all of them are Commercial Engineers: two from the Universidad de Concepción, one from the Universidad Católica of Concepción, one from the Universidad Austral and one from the Universidad de Magallanes. When applying, two of the five students had a master’s degree (Universidad de Concepción and Queensland University, respectively), and one student had a master’s degree. The age range goes from 26 to 36 years old, with an average of 30 years.
- Why is it important to have at least an intermediate level of English to apply to the program?
English is the language of research in economics and business (as in many other areas). The bibliography of the curriculum courses is in English; the tests and set of exercises are in English; classes are given indistinctly in English and Spanish; the students will attend workshops in Spanish and English; most of our visiting professors speak English; and the thesis you will have to write is in English, also. If you want to opt for a life of research in this area, then English will be your language to master.
- Is the academic degree “Ph.D in Business Economics”?
No, the diploma given by the UDD will say “Doctor en Economía de Negocios”. On the website, we include a free translation into English, which in this case is Ph.D in Business Economics. The reason for including it is that this program is similar, not identical, to the doctorates that have that name in the United States.