Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program

Prerequisite for a doctorate at the TUM School of Management is a degree with an above average grade (Master, Diplom or equivalent), meaning an overall score of at least 2.5 or the rating “good”. If you have a foreign degree you are requested to undergo a recognition of your  foreign degree. The recognition process is integral part of the application to the doctoral list.Furthermore, you are responsible for finding a supervisor for your doctoral research. Please contact the professor in question directly with your documents (CV, letter of motivation, research proposal, certificates, references and publications). Research at the TUM School of Management is clustered in five Academic Departments:- Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Operations & Supply Chain Management - Finance & Accounting - Marketing, Strategy & Leadership - Economics & PolicyYou can find an overview of all professors and their Academic Departments on the website of our department. Please note that there are no application deadlines for doctoral candidates nor are language tests required. Please note that we do not award an international PhD title but a German doctorate (“Doktortitel”, e.g. “Dr. rer. pol.”).The application process for doctoral candidates is highly competitive. Please refrain from contacting the faculty members over and over again if you do not receive a positive answer.
A doctorate from TUM School of Management requires very good written and spoken English skills. There are no required minimum scores for the relevant tests (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.), but applicants should be able to speak fluently with the supervisor about their research area during the application interview. German skills are highly beneficial, especially for finding your way around Munich and the surrounding area.
TUM School of Management does not award an (international) PhD title, but a German doctorate (“Doktortitel”, e.g. “Dr. rer. pol.”). The German doctorate is characterized by a high degree of academic freedom and personal responsibility of an individual doctorate. In addition to this, the supervisor plays an important role for the research process. Although doctoral candidates take part in a semi-structured course program, their individual research is in the center of the doctoral studies.
In order to apply for entry on the list of doctoral candidates at TUM SoM, please provide the following documents:
  • Print-out of the application form in DocGS (PDF document)
  • Completed supervisor agreement form which you fill in together with your supervisor and your mentor; the document has to be signed by all three parties (doctoral candidate, supervisor and mentor)
  • Officially certified copy of your Master’s degree certificate (no original documents!)
  • Officially certified copy of your Master’s degree transcript (no original documents!)
  • Research proposal
Please also make an appointment for personal identification at the Graduate Center – if possible in the office hours of the Graduate Center, Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. in room 1570. Please bring an official document for identification (ID, passport).Das Graduate Center der TUM School of Management überprüft dann ihren Antrag. Bis zum Abschluss der Prüfung sind Sie vorläufiges, nach erfolgreicher Prüfung vollständiges Mitglied des Graduate Center der TUM School of Management. In den ersten sechs Monaten Ihrer Mitgliedschaft sollten Sie am Auftaktseminar der TUM Graduate School teilnehmen. Da die Seminare immer sehr früh ausgebucht sind, informieren Sie sich bitte frühzeitig über die Termine und registrieren Sie sich in DocGS als vorläufiges oder vollständiges Mitglieder des Graduate Center für eine Teilnahme. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.
In order to apply for entry on the list of doctoral candidates at TUM SoM, please provide the following documents:
  • Print-out of the application form (pdf document, printed out of DocGS system)
  • Completed and signed supervisor agreement form which you fill in together with your supervisor and your mentor.
  • Officially certified copy of your (foreign) degree certificate (no original documents!)
  • Officially certified copy of your (foreign) degree transcript (no original documents!)
  • If not contained in the degree certificate: officially certified copy provided by your foreign higher education institution stating the subjects and grades of the examinations taken as a requirement leading to the degree, and the minimum passing grade (mark). Attention: A diploma supplement in-itself is not enough
  • certified translation of your degree if your degree is not in German or English
  • abstract of your final Master's thesis in German or English
  • curriculum vitae with details of education (schools, courses of study, etc.)
We strongly recommend to prepare the certified copy and the certified translation (if needed) of your degree certificate while you are still in your home country. Further information about the admission based on a degree obtained from a foreign university can be found here.Please also make an appointment for personal identification at the Graduate Center – if possible in the office hours of the Graduate Center, Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. in room 1570. Please bring an official document for identification (ID, passport).Further information can be found here.
Once you have entered the list of doctoral candidates at TUM SoM, you are not automatically enrolled as a doctoral candidate at TUM. Whereas the entry onto the list of doctoral candidates is mandatory, the enrollment is voluntary. You can find more information about enrolling as a doctoral candidate here. Mr Brast from the Welcome office at Graduate School (brast@zv.tum.de) will also give you more details on the enrollment process.
Please register for the Kick-off seminar in DocGS. In order to do this, you have to be a (temporary) TUM GS-member. You can find information upcoming seminars online.
Doctoral candidates who have started their doctorate before Januar 1, 2014 have to contact the Graduate Center 3 months in advance at the latest before handing in their dissertation to have their doctoral courses accepted by the Board of the Graduate Center.Doctoral candidates who started their doctoral studies after January 1, 2014 can track the progress of their doctoral courses in DocGS. Please make sure that all course elements – including the two year membership in the Graduate School – are completed when applying for submission of the dissertation.The completion of the mandatory doctoral course elements is a prerequisite for submitting your dissertation.
The application for the acceptance of your doctoral courses will be checked by the Board of the Graduate Center. Doctoral candidates who have started their doctorate before January 1, 2014 have to contact the Graduate Center for the correct application form. Please fill in this form 3-6 months before submitting your dissertation and send the document with the signature of your supervisor to the Graduate Center together with all certificates confirming your participation (ideally as a scan in one document).
Minimum requirements for the acceptance of doctoral courses at TUM SoM are doctoral course level (i.e. no courses where Master students are admitted) and a minimum classroom time of 22.5 hours. In addition, doctoral courses should transfer skills in methods and/or theory and should be related to your dissertation. All applications for the acceptance of doctoral courses will be examined by the Board of the Graduate Center. To make sure you meet the course requirements, you should participate in the doctoral courses of the course program of TUM SoM. You can also participate in respective seminars of external research institutions or Universities, e.g. doctoral courses at EUROTECH Universities. For information about criteria of the Board of the Graduate Center for the approval of external seminars, please contact the Graduate Center before registering for the course. Doctoral candidates who were added to the list of doctoral candidates before January 1, 2014, please fill in the approval form and send it together with the certificate of attendance and the course Syllabus (in one PDF document) to the Graduate Center. The courses will then be approved by the Board of the Graduate Center and you will receive feedback from the Graduate Center.  Doctoral candidates who were added to the list of doctoral candidates later than January 1, 2014, please upload the documents (in one PDF) in DocGS. The courses are then approved by the Board of the Graduate Center and marked accordingly in DocGS.
All members of the Graduate Center (voluntary membership for doctoral candidates with entry date in doctoral list before January 1, 2014; all doctoral candidates with entry date in doctoral list after January 1, 2014) receive a GS Certifiate and Transcript of Records from the Graduate Center. The certificate will be issued once the date of the oral examination is fixed. The Graduate Center will contact you automatically for the issuing of the document, once your doctoral course program has been approved.
Internationalization funding may be granted for stays in connection with a doctoral examination only. International conferences held in a national location will NOT be subsidized. You may apply for an internationalization grant only if you are a Graduate School member, have a contract with TUM and after your supervisor has carried out an interim evaluation. In individual cases, PhD students without a TUM contract may still apply for an internationalization grant. Please contact the Graduate Center for more information (link). PhD students who have been registered on the doctoral examination list after 1 January 2014 should generate an internationalization grant application form in DocGS. PhD students who have been registered on the doctoral examination list after 1 January 2014 should contact the Graduate Center, which will then send you the form. Please pass the completed application on to the Graduate Center for approval.
No, the internationalization voucher is valid only for conferences, doctoral courses or research stays abroad. International conferences, doctoral courses or research stays in Germany cannot be funded with the internationalization voucher. You can find information about funding and scholarships here.
The costs are usually reimbursed afterwards. You can also submit the plane ticket and conference costs immediately after you have paid for them (before you leave) and all other travel expenses (via the travel expenses department) on your return from the conference. In exceptional circumstances, the Chair may advance the costs. The Chair will then be reimbursed for the costs.
Graduate Center members may use a proofreading service for up to two English language articles free of charge. If you are interested in this service, please contact the Graduate Center. The Center will then send you the respective application form. Please send the completed application form and the article to be proofread to the Graduate Center, which will then pass it on to the proofreading service.
To have your examination committee appointed, your supervisor should write an e-mail to Dr. Stephan Jäger (cc to Marianne Gruber) at least two weeks before the respective meeting of the Faculty Council. The e-mail should contain the following information:
  • name of doctoral candidate,
  • dissertation title,
  • name of first supervisor,
  • name of the second supervisor,
  • name of Chair of the examining commission.
The examination committee will then be appointed in the Faculty Council. For dates of the Faculty Council, please contact the Graduate Center.
Prerequisite for submitting your doctoral thesis is the acceptance of your doctoral course program. Doctoral candidates who have started their doctorate before January 1, 2014 have to contact the Graduate Center for the correct application form. Please fill in this form 3-6 months before submitting your dissertation and send the document with the signature of your supervisor to the Graduate Center together with all certificates confirming your participation (ideally as a scan in one document). The Board of the Graduate Center will then examine your application.Doctoral candidates who started their doctoral studies after January 1, 2014, can track the progress of their course program in DocGS. You should make sure that all your mandatory course elements are tickmarked before submitting your doctoral thesis– including the Graduate School membership of a minimum of two years.Den Antrag für das Einreichen der Promotion stellen alle Doktoranden über das Portal DocGS. Hierzu müssen Sie sich zuerst mit der E-Mailadresse, die Sie bei der Anmeldung am Graduate Center angegeben haben, in DocGS anmelden (Eingabe im Feld „Benutzername“) und ein Passwort anfordern. Unter dem Punkt „Einreichung der Dissertation“ können Sie dann den Prozess der Einreichung anstoßen. Weitere Informationen dazu finden Sie hier.
Once the Graduate Center has confirmed you entry in the doctoral candidates list and the completion of your doctoral course program, you can print out your application form for submitting your dissertation. You can then make an appointment with the examination office (Ms Stinzel, +49 89 289 22248) to submit the printed version of the application form and the printed copies of your doctoral thesis.
All examiners’ reports are now being issued. Generally, this should take no longer than two months after the submission date of the dissertation.Once the examiners‘ reports have been issued and marked as passed, the circulation procedure starts (“Umlaufverfahren”, i.e. your dissertation is sent via e-mail to the faculty of TUM School of Management). This process will take place from day 1-15 of the respective month after you report have been issued (the circulation procedure takes place every month independent of the dates of the Faculty Council meetings).
Once your dissertation has been accepted by at least ten members of the faculty, the chair of the examining committee will schedule and supervise the oral examination.
If the dissertation has been accepted, the chair of the examining committee invites the candidate and the examining committee to the oral examination. Furthermore, all other authorized examiners of TUM School of Management are invited to the oral examination. The examining committee in consultation with the candidate may grant members of the public permission to attend the oral examination, in which case the examination date will be posted on the bulletin board.
Each candidate will be examined individually for approximately one hour. Based on the dissertation topic, the examination will cover the broader discipline to which the dissertation is dedicated. The oral examination will be conducted by the examining committee. However, the chair may allow questions of other authorized examiners. The chair is to make sure that each examiner is allotted an adequate share of the examination time. As a rule, the oral examination is conducted in German. At the candidate’s request the oral examination will be conducted in English.
After passing the oral examination, you must make the authorized version of the dissertation available to the scholarly public by means of reproduction and dissemination. You have to submit the following documents free of charge to the TUM examination office: six paper copies (DIN A4 or DIN A5, bound) and an electronic version, whose format and data medium must comply with the requirements of the TUM university library; the publication must contain an abstract in German and English language; the doctoral candidate will grant the TUM university library, the DDB (Die Deutsche Bibliothek) in Frankfurt, and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek the right to publish the electronic version in data networks in perpetuity and to make it available to other databases. You also have to grant TUM the right to produce and disseminate further copies of the dissertation. The deadline for submission is one year, which may in special cases, in particular for reasons of data protection, be extended by the dean by up to one year.
As verification of the award of the doctoral degree, you will receive a preliminary certificate, if you have submitted the necessary number of copies within the required deadline. Once you have received this certificate, you are allowed to use your doctoral degree. In addition, In addition, you will receive a German and English language certificate with the seal of TUM and the date of the completion of the doctoral examination. You have to pick up this certificate personally or give someone written authorization to pick it up for you at the Graduate Center office.
The principles of good scientific practice require every academic to work “lege artis” (in other words according to the rules of the art). Specifically, that includes
  • documenting findings,
  • critically questioning all findings,
  • strict honesty about contributions by partners,
  • acknowledging competitors and predecessors,
  • avoiding and preventing academic misconduct.
 
Contact the ombudsperson for good scientific practice at TUM, which will treat your information as confidential. The ombudsperson is responsible for accepting and reviewing complaints, resolving them in a mutually agreeable way wherever possible, introducing further measures if needed, and involving the TUM Legal Department. For more information, please visit the ombudsperson website or contact them directly.
Primary data and (if possible) samples that form the basis for publications must be saved for ten years. They must be saved in the institution where the data was created.
You can use the TUM media server (mediaTUM) to save primary data. mediaTUM offers long-term archiving, flexible metadata schemata, and a rights management system that lets you release your data within the department, campus-wide, or on the internet. Data is stored on the servers in the Leibniz Supercomputing Center.
Data collection must be traceable. Specifically, that includes, for example,
  • keeping a lab book or a project journal,
  • documenting the data storage
You must name any author who
  • significantly contributed to the content of the publication (posing the question, research plan, performing research work, analyzing and interpreting results) and
  • who participated in the design or critical content revision of the manuscript.
Technical assistance, financial support or general management of the department or institution where the research was performed do not constitute authorship. All authors must agree to the publication, and share responsibility for the entire publication.What else should I know about academic publications?
  • It is not permissible to publish research findings in more than one place or to split them up in order to increase the number of publications.
  • Research findings must be verifiable (documentation, description of methods, long-term archiving of primary data).
  • Information may not be suppressed even if it calls the author’s hypothesis into question.
  • Content taken from other works must be indicated with a citation.
  • If possible, publish in peer reviewed journals. You can use bibliometric indicators to decide which journal is suitable for your planned publication. The University Library offers training and advice on bibliometry and visibility of research online. You can find the training program, additional information and registration forms on the TUM Library Website.
  • The TUM Language Center offers support for writing publications in English (“English Coaching” and “Interactive Editing”).
TUM approved an open access policy in January of 2014 and is committed to the goal of ensuring open access to academic literature on the internet. All TUM scholars are encouraged to publish their academic papers in accepted open access journals. Copies of any papers previously published in fee-based publications must be made available to the public on the TUM media server as long as there are no legal restrictions preventing this. Publication fees associated with open access publications may be covered by TUM in certain circumstances. The request form and additional information can be found on the University Library’s open access pages.
All publications by TUM scholars, as per a decision by the University Board of Management, must be registered in TUM’s electronic university bibliography on the mediaTUM media server. Additional information can be found on the University Library pages.
TUM offers patent and inventor consulting. If you plan to register an industrial property right for an idea, a project in the development phase, or a finished product, you can ask for advice. The Inventor Guidelines on the TUM intranet (only in German) and the TUM ForTe pages contain additional information. Contact partners are listed on the TUM Patent and Licensing Office page.
TUM ForTe – Office for Research and Innovation offers support for questions about research funding and technology transfer. If you are preparing research or business partnerships or third-party funding projects, you can ask this office for advice.
Source references acknowledge the work of other authors, point out previous work, and document facts. Source references are an essential part of providing seamless documentation for academic arguments. They clearly show where a publication is making its own academic contribution beyond the cited materials. Anything used word for word or based on the content of outside sources must be cited. Material taken from unpublished ideas and previous work must also be credited to the respective author. The use of another person’s academic findings without citing the source is punishable. You can find a summary and more information about citations in the TUM Citation Guide.
If you want to use content from student papers in your academic publication, you must cite them. A published seminar paper or examination paper may be cited (for publication options, see the University Library citation guidelines). TUM recommends publishing senior theses if significant scholarly findings were achieved. When citing unpublished seminar papers, you must obtain permission from the author and the advisor, and document this in your project.
The database information system (DBIS) on the University Library web pages gives students and academics at TUM access to a large number of databases. DBIS provides access to the interdisciplinary databases Web of Science and Scopus as well as a large number of discipline-specific databases. As a rule, databases offer sophisticated search options (keywords, combining searches and alert services). • The TUM ID can be used to access all databases from your own workstation. • The University Library offers training, e-learning materials and research office hours about search tools and strategies.
The Graduate Council ensures that doctoral candidates’ interests are represented on the Graduate Council and beyond, and that they can take part in shaping the program. Each Graduate Center chooses two representatives to serve on the Graduate Council, which meets regularly to discuss all of the issues relating to doctoral studies. The Graduate Council aims at intensifying exchange and networking and developing opinions about university policy. It also offers support and help. Doctoral candidates can contact the speakers of the Graduate Council, or the representatives of their Graduate Center at any time if they have difficulties. It also enhances culture, sports and art by financially supporting a large number of social events for doctoral candidates, such as parties, concerts, sporting events and field trips. You can find more information about the Graduate Council here.
As representatives of the doctoral candidates of TUM School of Management in the Graduate Council, XX (e-mail) and YY (e-mail) have been elected by the doctoral candidates of this department.

Contact

Do you have further questions or need additional information? We are happy to offer you assistance with all issues regarding your TUM School of Management experience. Please reach out to us via phone or email or see the Business hours of our offices for personal consultation. You can also send us your inquiry by means of our contact form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • Janine Rothenburger
    Grade Management, Master Programs, Doctoral Program
  • Phone +49 (89) 289 - 25033
  • Fax +49 (89) 289 - 25070
  • Room 1566
  • E-Mail phd-program@wi.tum.de
  • Office hours

    Responsibilities: registration to list of doctoral candidates, DocGS, submission of doctoral thesis, proofreading service, internationalization grants, certificates
    Office Hours: Mon 01-04 pm & Tue-Fri 09-12 am/02-04 pm

  • Judith Pramsohler
    Program Manager, M.Sc. Management, Doctoral Program
  • Phone +49 (89) 289 - 25246
  • Fax +49 (89) 289 - 25070
  • Room 1543
  • E-Mail phd-program@wi.tum.de
  • Office hours

    Tue 9-12noon; Wed 13:45-16:45h (appointment desired)
    Changes: Office hours Tue 14 Nov: 14-16h, Wed 15 Nov no office hours
    Responsibilities: program management, project management, course program