The Independent Study Mode is designed for candidates who wish to complete fully independent, non-supervised studies. Independent study mode students enjoy many of the same benefits and resources of the standard mode students except that they complete the research and writing of the manuscript in a self-managed fashion. Independent study mode students must hold an M.Phil. or Master of Research degree and show a proven track record of published material.


Candidates choosing this study mode are self-motivated, research minded and well disciplined with a strong sense of academics. The study mode offers the candidate the ability to coordinate with an academic adviser but otherwise provides the candidate with full independence to complete their manuscript under their own schedule while availing themselves of the research resources of the school. Candidates should hold a research based degree as a prerequisite along with appropriate history of accomplishment within academic, personal and professional life. Evidence of previous research will be requested through the submission of  a copy of the candidate’s master thesis and examples of published material in peer reviewed journals.

Program Flow

Independent study mode candidates must be registered in the program for a minimum of 4 years to a maximum of 8 years. Students must complete the quantitative and qualitative research method courses and obtain an authorized research plan from the Administration. The full program flow is shown below

  • Orientation Module
  • Quantitative Research Methods Module
  • Qualitative Research Methods Module
  • Research Plan Writing
  • Dissertation Research Independent Phase
  • Submission of Dissertation For Review
  • Defense Preparation
  • Defense (Viva)

Research Plan

Once in the program Independent Study Mode candidates will work to complete a research plan for authorization by the Administration before starting their research phase. An example of a research plan in acceptable form is found below:



Comparison Of Study Modes

The Independent mode includes many of the benefits of the Standard mode. The matrix above illustrates the principle differences between the two modes of study. Independent students may also attend Doctoral workshops and symposiums presented several times per year. There is an additional cost of attendance per event. Independent students may also benefit from a full review at an additional cost of their dissertation once completed to obtain feedback for modification or suggestions of changes by the faculty before being scheduled for their defense.

The independent study mode has a rolling admission and be started at any time. Applicants should indicate the Independent mode when submitting the online application form. All independent mode candidates must hold a M.Phil., Master of Research or equivalent research degree.

All Independent study mode students must defend their thesis at the school in Switzerland. Defenses take place at the Rapperswil Castle on Lake Zurich.

Candidates wishing to enter the program as an Independent Study Mode student must apply using the application form below. Upon being accepted into the program the candidate is provisioned onto the Student Learning Management System (LMS) and Email system and given access to the library resources of the university and thus may begin their research.

The minimum study duration for the independent study mode is 4 years. Students have up to 8 years to complete the program.

The cost of the Independent Study Mode is 2,500 Euros per year.

Independent Study Mode Application Form

Please fill-in the form below to apply for the Independent study mode.

  • Please list your study area such as: Finance, CSR, Leadership, etc.
  • Indicate the Research Degree That You Hold, ex: Master of Research, Master of Philosophy
  • Please Attach Your Professional Resume or Academic CV.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please upload a copy of your Master Dissertation (max file size = 8 MB)
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please upload an example of your published work. This should be in the form of a published article in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Please Include Any Other Information That You Feel Supports Your Request For The Independent Study Mode.