Conduct high-profile research in an inspiring academic environment.
Our doctoral program ensures all our doctoral candidates receive the best preparation possible for a successful career in industry or academia. To achieve this, we provide strong, individualized support and mentoring for our doctoral candidates in their academic and professional development. Our disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses provide doctoral candidates with the in-depth theoretical and methodological knowledge they need to successfully conduct their own research projects. These projects address some of the great challenges in society that we face today and combine content relevance and methodological rigor.
Overall, the Graduate Center of TUM School of Management, together with the TUM Graduate School, offers a wide range of possibilities for pursuing excellent research, including interdisciplinary cooperation and international research stays at top-tier universities. Our doctoral candidates move on to academic positions in Germany and abroad, e.g., at Imperial College London, or to leadership positions in industry and professional service firms.
Professor Alwine Mohnen
Head of the Graduate Center, TUM School of Management
The Graduate Center of TUM School of Management is the first point of contact for doctoral candidates at our school. Here you will find detailed information on
General information about doing your doctorate at the Technical University of Munich, which may be an addition to the information on this website, can be found on the website of TUM Graduate School. Please note that the information of the Graduate Center of TUM School of Management is binding for doctoral candidates of our Graduate Center. Please find the official regulations of the Graduate Center in the Download Center.
The team of the Graduate Center is happy to help and guide you. Find all contacts of the Graduate Center here.
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Upon completion of this program, our doctoral graduates will:
Our program is a doctoral program equivalent to the German doctorate (“Doktortitel”). It does not correspond to structured Ph.D. studies. For detailed information about the German doctorate, please click here. TUM School of Management can award the doctoral titels Dr. rer. pol., Dr. oec. publ., Dr. phil. and Dr. jur..
A university degree completed with above-average results (diploma, master, magister) from a German university, an equivalent German state examination (Staatsprüfung) or a master’s degree from a German University of Applied Sciences.
Results are regarded as above-average with a final grade of at least 2.5 (“good” in the German system). In exceptional cases, your above-average qualifications can also be proven through academic work completed after your examination.
Applicants with non-German degrees need to have their degrees officially recognized.
Special rules apply to applicants with a diploma qualification from a University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule or Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften). Please make an appointment with the Graduate Center to discuss your particular situation.
Confirmation from a professor at TUM School of Management that he or she is prepared to act as your academic supervisor.
Please keep in mind that it is your sole responsibility to search for your supervisor as well as your mentor.
Finding a supervisor and mentor
Additional information for applicants
You made it and were successfully entered on the list of doctoral candidates of TUM School of Management? Congratulations!
Please find below further information on your doctoral program:
There are several ways of financing your living expenses during a doctorate. Employment as an academic assistant is the traditional way to finance a doctorate. Employment with a company or a non-university institute is another option for earning money. Furthermore, there is the possibility of being granted a scholarship.
For detailed information on other possibilities, please click here.
We strive to prepare highly talented and especially motivated doctoral candidates with outstanding degrees and extraordinary research potential in the best possible way for their international academic careers. Participants in the Academic Training Program can expect dual supervision and all-round support during this 4-year program (including a two year scholarship). The main focus is on the scientific course program, academic career coaching and international networking.
Your doctorate consists of compulsory and voluntary qualification elements for some of which you can apply for funding if necessary.
The qualification program is designed to promote the subject-specific and interdisciplinary competences of doctoral candidates and thus support the doctoral phase in the best possible way. In addition, various optional offers as well as special financial support such as the proof-reading service and internationalization funding are available.
Please find detailed information on the qualification program in the Regulations of the Graduate Center and in the Download Center.
Doctoral candidates at the Graduate Center of TUM School of Management can apply for funding for international research activities:
The foundation of scientific work is the compliance with the principles of good scientific practice. We provide you as a new academic with extensive information on these principles, which conform to the TUM Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Good Academic Practice and Procedures in Cases of Academic Misconduct of the Technical University of Munich and the corresponding memo of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
In order to help with the publication process, TUM Graduate School offers you professional and discipline-related proofreading of academic articles in English. For more information, please click here or contact the Graduate Center. IMPORTANT NOTE: TUM Graduate School does not offer a proofreading service for monographies in English or German.
Doctoral candidates who would like to hand in their dissertation must contact the Graduate Center in time (at least three months in advance) in order to make sure the compulsory qualification program is completed.
You are required to publish your dissertation. The University Library at the Technical University of Munich can help you publish your dissertation quickly and in a high-profile manner. You can choose between a printed book and an electronic publication.
Find all doctoral courses of the Graduate Center of TUM School of Management as well as further information on doctoral course requirements in general and the process of recognizing courses from other institutions here.
In addition to courses from the Graduate Center of TUM School of Mangement, recognition of subject-related or transferable skills courses from the following institutions might be possible. Please contact the Graduate Center in advance for recognition options:
Find all doctoral candidates including current defense dates as well as all doctoral graduates of TUM School of Management since 2016 here.
Doctoral candidates' representation