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Doctoral Studies // Business Administration

The doctoral programme of EBS constitutes an important part of our range of programmes. Our objective is to provide doctoral students with an inspiring and challenging research environment. The programme complements the supervision by a professor with a structured programme of theoretical and methodical courses. Your supervisor will challenge your ideas and inspire your inquisitiveness further in a guided process of annual reviews.

At a glance

  • Degree: Doctor Rerum Politicarum (Dr. rer. pol.)
  • Study Duration: min. 4 / max.10 Semesters
  • Start: Enrollment throughout the year
  • Language: English
  • Costs: Internal Doctoral Candidate: 0 € per Semester / External Doctoral Candidate: 2280 € per Semester


  • Experienced Professors
  • Personal Supervision
  • Yearly held Proposal Defenses
  • Doctoral Summer School
  • Conference Presentation
  • Individual Career Advisory Service and Coaching


  • Promise of Doctoral Supervision
  • Bachelor & Master with min. 300 ECTS (Master min. 60 ECTS) or
  • Diplom, Staatsexamen
  • TOEFL IBT, IELTS (academic) or certificate (min. C1)
  • where required: GMAT


  • Enrollment every month, throughout the year
  • Mandatory courses every semester
  • Doctoral Summer School between May and July
Your personal contact
Lisi de Jong
Office for Doctoral Studies EBS Business School (Tuesdays to Fridays)
0611 7102 1574
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Below the most important elements of the EBS Doctoral Study Programme:

  • Mandatory courses conveying a theoretical and methodological background supplemented by specialized electives customized to the different fields of research.
  • Annual proposal defenses guaranteeing regular feedback and involvement of the candidate’s second supervisor in the research process.
  • Obligatory presentation of a competitive paper at an international scientific conference.

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Programme Structure

Programme structure

The course programme consists of two mandatory courses offered every semester and at least four elective courses during the yearly Doctoral Summer School. The teaching language is English. Courses are offered as block seminars, but are not taking place on weekends. Mandatory yearly proposal defenses complement the programme to discuss the current state of the doctoral candidate’s research. In addition, at least one presentation has to be given at a worldwide EBS target list conference.

Mandatory Courses

A Crash Course in Empirical Theory

In a first part of this crash course we will concentrate on general questions from the theory and philosophy of science, e. g. “types of scientific explanation”, “confirmation of hypotheses”, “the nature of scientific theories” or “progress in science”. A minor second part analyses specific questions from current debates in the sciences. In keeping with the general aim of the course, i. e. to investigate universal structures in science and to supply additional educational background, we deliberately choose examples mostly from outside economics. The resulting distance to the usual professional or research-topics of the participants serves to illuminate structural characteristics of the cases discussed.

Academic Writing & Publishing

In this class we comprehensively discuss issues of scholarly writing, including the writing process, the structure of empirical (deductive) manuscripts, and editing English language sentences. Principles of topic choice for research projects are reviewed in depth. We also examine the journal review process, address issues regarding methodology from a reviewer’s perspective, and go into the publication process based on a recent example. Our focus will be on A-level journals. The course includes discussions, lectures, and exercises. The ultimate goal is to improve your scholarly work because writing is not just a support-level activity as part of research; it is the primary way in which we develop and disseminate knowledge.

Courses offered in this year’s Doctoral Summer School (27.05.-03.07.2019)

  • Theoretical Perspectives in Management
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Survey Design & Measurement in Social Science
  • Research Forum: Developing PhD Research Projects
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Fundamentals of Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Introduction to Econometrics

You can download the brochure of this years Doctoral Summer School in the section “Downloads”.

Credits achieved during attandance in courses from other doctoral programmes or courses of EBS partner universities can be approved by the Doctoral Committee.

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Requirements and Application

To apply as a doctoral student, applicants need to obtain a promise of doctoral supervision by a senior professor of EBS Business School and then apply to the Doctoral Committee via the Office for Doctoral Studies. The Doctoral Committee decides on the admission of new applicants.

As a minimum requirement, applicants need to have a master degree (with a cumulated minimum of 300 ECTS in their bachelor and master) or a “Diplomkauffrau/-mann” with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (“Prädikatsexamen”). In the case of international degrees, additional three months processing time may be required. Accordingly, documents need to be submitted to the Office for Doctoral Studies well in advance. In addition, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be requested by the supervising professor.

The first step in applying for the Doctoral Programme at EBS Business School is to get the promise of supervision by one of our senior professors. Please hand in the Promise of Doctoral Supervision form, together with the following documents, to the Office for Doctoral Studies:

  • Short formless letter in English to the Chairman of the Doctoral Committee, asking for acceptance
  • If required: GMAT
  • Curriculum Vitae in tabular form
  • A-levels certificate (legally certified copy)
  • Degree certificates and transcripts of records (legally certified copies)
  • Honorary Declaration
  • English language certificate
  • ZAB authentication (if you hold non-german degrees)

For more information regarding the application process and the doctoral studies at EBS Business School in general, read the document “Information for Applicants”, or contact the Office for Doctoral Studies.

Investment and Financing

Investment and Financing

Internal Doctoral Students

  • Tuition fees: 0 Euro per semester
  • Registration fee: 0 Euro
  • Examination fee: 450 Euro

External Doctoral Students

  • Tuition fees: 2280 Euro per semester
  • Registration fee: once 3460 Euro
  • Examination fee: 750 Euro

The document “Gebührenordnung” provides you with more information on the study fees for Doctoral Studies at the EBS Business School.

  1. Study programme
    Doctoral Studies // Business Administration

  2. * Mandatory fields