SzEEDSM Doctoral Program in Business Administration
Comprehensive exam regulation and description




(1) The comprehensive exam (hereinafter COMPS) shall be completed at the end of the fourth active semester as a closure of the training or foundation phase. Application is due during the fourth semester. If students do not apply for COMPS, at the end of the semester their student status will be terminated.

(2) Students can apply for COMPS provided they have fulfilled a minimum 80 per cent of the prescribed 128 credits of the pre-COMPS period. If they cannot fulfil all the 100 per cent of the prescribed credits by the time of the COMPS, the missing credits (maximum 20 per cent of the 128 credits) have to be completed in the next two semesters of their studies. The recommended achievement is the collection of 128 credits by the time of COMPS.

(3) The condition of applying for the COMPS is to certify the knowledge of two foreign languages.

(4) The COMPS committee consists of a minimum of three members and at least one third of the members should not be employed by Széchenyi István University. The chair of the COMPS committee is either a full professor, associate professor with habilitation, college professor with habilitation, Professor Emeritus or a Doctor of Science. All the members of the committee shall have a PhD. The supervisor of the doctoral student cannot be a member of the committee.

(5) Application for COMPS can be submitted via the Doctoral School’s website (

(6) The COMPS consists of two parts. In one part the applicants will give evidence of their theoretical knowledge (‘theoretical part’), in the other part they will prove their scientific progress (‘thesis part’). In the theoretical part of the COMPS the applicant will take exams from two subjects at least. The list of the subjects is to be found in the curriculum of the doctoral program. In the second part of the COMPS the applicants will give evidence of their literature studies, report on their research results, give information on their research plan for the second part (post-COMPS research phase) of their doctoral studies together with the timing of preparation of both the dissertation and the required publications.

(7) The committee will evaluate the theoretical part and dissertation plus research separately. In the proposal of the COMPS written evaluation is included. The COMPS will qualify as successful if the majority of the committee members evaluate both parts of the exam successful. In case of failure in the theoretical part, the examinee has the right to retake the exam during the given examination period only on one occasion. The dissertation plus research part of the exam cannot be retaken if it was unsuccessful.

(8) Evaluation of the COMPS is based on two stages, either satisfactory or fail. The result of the exam shall be announced at the end of the last exam day. 


The COMPS examination tests a student’s command over the totality of the discipline in which the student is earning the doctoral degree. The comprehensive examination is a demanding and long exercise that tests the applicant’s broad understanding of major issues and challenges them to provide an outline of their own research contribution.

The COMPS consist of two exams: written part and oral part.

The written part of the COMPS aims to verify that the candidates have the necessary foundations in theories and research methods that will enable them to pursue research further on. The applicants will be given eight broad questions out of the previously published twenty (ten core and ten specialization) and are asked to answer four of them. The questions are the following: List of questions

The oral part of the COMPS takes place after the written tests, typically a few days later. The COMPS „interviews” are free-flowing conversations, lasting up to an hour per applicant, where the COMPS committee tries to get to know the person behind the many data and details they have on file. The COMPS „interview” is also a forum where the applicants can defend and clarify their views and convince committee members about the validity of their proposed research projects to be pursued during the research phase.

The committee attempts to assess the applicants’ readiness level and judge their future success with the Program. In its evaluation, the committee considers the written portion of the comprehensive exam and the committee members’ impressions during the interview.


Applicants can apply to SzEEDSM COMPS on website from March 1 until May 1, 2020.

The fee of the COMPS exam is 32,500 HUF, based on the University’s Compensation and Allowance Regulations, please transfer to the following account number:

Beneficiary’s name: Széchenyi István University
Bank Account Number: 10033001-01426706-00000000

In the notice please include: Applicant’s name, NEPTUN code (if applicable); 37-3022-03 (none may be missing due to identification).

The bank transfer certificate must be attached to the application.

Important notice: Stipendium Hungaricum students do not have to pay the fee for the Comprehnsive exam.

Students who are applying from the SzEEDSM Doctoral Program should pay the COMPS fee via the Neptun system!


57.§ According to the Doctoral Study and Examination regulations (VI. Addendum and regulations, Regulations on foreign language proficiency, 57.§)

  • Candidates who possess at least one state-recognized medium “level B2” complex language certificate (formerly: grade C) or an equivalent documentary proof, may apply for the doctoral training.
  • The condition for applying for a Comprehensive Exam is the knowledge of an additional foreign language that must be attested by at least a state-recognized basic level C language certification or an equal language certificate, it’s recognition is decided by the Head of the Doctoral School.
  • Of the above mentioned language certificates can be accepted of the following languages: English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Latin, Spanish. Candidates must apply to the head of the Doctoral School for the acceptance of certificates of languages different from the languages listed above by referring to the fact, that the research topic of their dissertation is connected to the given language. In case of Non-Hungarian speaking doctoral students the Hungarian language can be recognized as a second foreign language by the decision of the head of the Doctoral School.
  • Non-Hungarian speaking doctoral students must attest the competence of at least two foreign languages based on the 14§ of the Government Decree No. 137/2008 (V. 16.) “On the certified examination of foreign language attainment and on the nostrification in the Republic of Hungary of language certificates of foreign language attainment issued abroad”.


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