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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
  • Language: English
  • Costs: Internal Doctoral Candidate: 0 Euro per Semester // External Doctoral Candidate: 2280 Euro per Semester

Studying at EBS

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


  • Compulsory courses are offered every semester
  • Doctoral Summer School between May and July

The Study Programmme

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.

The conduct of our community is regulated by our Ethical Guidelines, which are an intrinsical part of the culture and mutual understanding in our research community. Take a moment, to appreciate and consider the values we’d like to share.

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. Besides, at least one presentation has to be given at a worldwide EBS target list conference.

Mandatory Courses

A Crash Course in Empirical Theory

In the 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 the 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 of the Doctoral Summer School

  • Theoretical Perspectives in Management
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Survey Design & Measurement in Social Science
  • Literature Based Methods
  • Fundamentals of Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Introduction to Econometrics

You can download the brochure for this year’s Doctoral Summer School in the section “Downloads” by April 2021.

The Doctoral Committee may approve credits from other doctoral programmes or courses of EBS partner universities.

Student Life

Student life on campus

Life on EBS campus is diverse, international and characterized by the outstanding commitment of our students. Due to the small number of students per intake and group, students know each other on campus and experience a family atmosphere that is also noticeable beyond the lectures. Our students’ sense of togetherness is extraordinary. The unique EBSpirit is born of our values of commitment, solidarity, thirst for knowledge, and reliability. The common goal is to achieve great things, time and time again. And it works: with self-organized congresses, cultural events, and much more.

Your study location – Living and learning in the Rheingau

The Rheingau is known worldwide for its Riesling, as are the fortresses, Castles, and abbeys along the Rhine. You can find the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley with Loreley and Drosselgasse only a few kilometers downriver. Every year a large number of tourists visit this region, which has so much to offer. Whether gastronomic, sporting, or cultural, Oestrich-Winkel in the Rheingau provides plenty of variety for leisure activities.

The EBS campus in Oestrich-Winkel is also home to one of these historic, fascinating buildings in the Rheingau - Schloss Reichartshausen. Close to the Rhine and surrounded by vineyards, teaching and learning take place at this location in a unique environment. In addition to offices for teaching staff and service departments, the castle also houses several lecture rooms and representative event rooms.

Student services at EBS

Your study experience and success are important to us. To make it easier for you to start your studies and to guide you optimally through the study programme, we offer personal support and various services:


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, an additional three months processing time may be required. Accordingly, documents need to be submitted to the Office for Doctoral Studies well in advance. Besides, 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. This statement together with the following documents must be passed 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)

Tuition Fees

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 Scale of Charges and Fees 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