5 rue Conté, 75003 Paris - France - Tel. +33.1.42715780

PhD in International Entrepreneurship

On-campus in French / Online in English

- Year-by-Year Breakdown - Course Description

The PhD Program at Horizons University prepares students for leadership positions in global organizations, careers as independent consultants, entrepreneurs, business researchers and also project managers and business owners.

This program focuses on modern trends in leadership across the globe. Today’s leader is adaptable, a change agent, and demonstrates innovative thinking in a fast-changing environment. The global leader is culturally aware. A PhD will grant the ability to analyze data, anticipate events and influence teams to buy-in decisions. The rigorous doctoral training in a very flexible and one-to-one facilitation will allow every student to easily combine professional and personal obligations with academic requirements. 

Duration 3 years
Credit Value 180 Credits  (Honors 240)*
Admission Requirements Master’s degree or Equivalent
Languages French (on-campus) or English (online)
Study Options Online or On Campus
Tuition 3200€ yearly
Registration Fee 60€ yearly
Technology Fee 80€ yearly



Click HERE to view the brochure!


Year-by-Year Breakdown


Year 1
Foundation Seminars in Marketing/Finance/Ethics (optional)
Business Reseacrh Methods
Entrepreneurship Theory
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Dissertation Proposal Writing
Year 2
Global Economy 
Global Entrepreneurship
Business Research Methods
Year 3
Entrepreneurial Intelligence
The Future of Entrepreneurship
Dissertation Writing/Defense


  1. Foundation Seminars in Marketing/Finance/Ethics
  2. International Business Strategy
  3. Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  4. Global Economy
  5. Journal Writing
  6. Global Entrepreneurship
  7. Entrepreneurial Intelligence
  8. Business Research Methods
  9. The Future of Entrepreneurship
  10.  Dissertation Writing/Defense



(Each course carries 10ECTS/4US credits except where noted)

PHD700 - Foundational Seminars in Marketing/Finance/Ethics.   

The specific topic of this course is tailored to the individual scholarship needs of the student.  Contemporary problems in the areas of international marketing, finance, and ethics are studied with an application of theory and research. These short courses are only resuired of students who have not taken courses in these areas prior to enrollment.

PHD658 -  International Business Strategy. 

This course is grounded on the fundamental principles of strategic management and focuses on strategy-making decisions in international business corporations.  Emphasis is given to corporate-level analysis, strategy formation and implementation, and the goal of crafting a sustainable competitive advantage in a global market.


PHD660 - Global Economy. 

This course examines the complex functions of an inter-connected global environment.  It explores the patterns and behaviors of local economies as they react to the performance of the larger global systems to which they are related.


PHD673 - Business Research Methods. 

This course is a doctoral-level introduction to conducting business research.  Emphasis is placed on designing and executing an original research project similar to those undertaken by various stakeholders in an international business environment.


PHD674 -  Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

This is an advanced study of the investigation procedures used in business research.  Considerations for using techniques such as Action Research, Focus Groups, Interviews, Experimental Designs, Factor Analysis, and are other methods are covered.


PHD780 - Journal Writing. 

This course facilitates the student’s ability to write, review, edit, and format an original paper to meet the publication standards of an academic journal.  When completed, the course results in a published article in Horizons University Business Journal.


PHD799 - Dissertation Proposal Writing. 

This course focuses on the development of the dissertation proposal under the supervision of a doctoral faculty member.  Students will be guided through the completion of a proposal which will be eligible for submission to the university.


PHD800 - Dissertation. 

Credit is given in this course for satisfactory work completed towards the doctor dissertation, following the acceptance of a proposal through the preparations for the defense.


PHD630 - Entrepreneurship Theory

 his course examines theoretical constructs related to the entrepreneurial process.  Attention is given to entrepreneurship in various economic, social, and globalization contexts.  Significant emphasis is placed on the distinctiveness of entrepreneurship as an area of academic scholarship.


PHD830 - Global Entrepreneurship.   

This course examines the application of theory to pragmatic research topics and designs in the field of entrepreneurship.  It surveys various social, economic, and managerial phenomena that influence the entrepreneurial process.  The course serves as a preparation for dissertation-quality research.


PHD821 -  Entrepreneurial Intelligence

This course addresses entrepreneurship from the standpoint of the sources of knowledge which inform the entrepreneur and his/her environment.  The contributions of raw data, economic processes, technology, and psychology are included.


PHD832 - The Future of Entrepreneurship

This course covers the trends of entrepreneurship for the next decade in view of the changes in business needs, technology and needs that will emerge over the years at the global level.

Subcribe weekly newsletter