PhD in Management at LMU Munich

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Application Process Stages


Stage 1: Find a supervisor for your doctoral thesis.

The first step in the application process is finding a supervisor with the Faculty members of BWL LMU Munich. Please, look at the chair holders and contact them directly. It helps if you have already a research proposal that connects with the research topic of the chair. Applicants are entirely responsible for finding a supervisor on their own account.



 Stage 2: Apply for the entrance test.

Once you have agreed the supervision with a BWL LMU professor, you should apply for the entrance test. In your application, you have to include the documents as in the checklist here below. Important deadlines: Application for the entrance test is possible twice a year on July 1st (winter semester) and on January 1st (summer semester).



 Stage 3: Pass the entrance test.

In the entrance test applicants demonstrate their aptitude for business research, as well as the technical and soft skills necessary to successfully participate in the program. The test consists of an oral examination. It lasts about twenty minutes and is held by the MBR program coordinator and applicant's doctoral advisor. Students must register for the entrance test, which is held once a semester. Please note the application deadlines in stage 2! The invitation to the entrance test will be sent at least one week before the date of the test itself.


Stage 4: Enroll as a postgraduate student at the LMU.

 Enrollment is done via the university's standard procedure at the beginning of the semester (exact dates are provided after the entrance test).




 Stage 5: Study the MBR program and work on your thesis.

The MBR program lasts two years. During this time, you will attend the MBR courses and work on your dissertation. After the two years, you will be awarded a Master of Research and you will continue towards your doctoral degree (Ph.D.) and focus on your research.


Important Notes

  • A confirmation from a BWL LMU professor that she or he is willing to supervise your dissertation is a prerequisite for registering in the MBR program.
  • Applicants for doctoral studies with a citizenship other than German need to consider certain legal matters.
  • Citizens of countries other than EU/EEA normally need a visa to enter Germany. Depending on your nationality and the length of your stay, visa facilitation may be available.
  • Regardless of your country of origin, you need to officially register your address in Germany if you are staying in one place for more than 3 months.
  • Citizens of foreign countries (with the exception of the EU/EEA) need a valid residence permit for the duration of their doctoral program at BWL LMU. The residence permit includes the purpose and length of the stay.
  • All doctoral candidates (and any accompanying family members) must provide proof of health insurance.

Checklist of required documents to apply for the Entrance Test

Application for the entrance test

Informal letter to the chairman of the examination board including a suggestion for the supervisor of the applicant's project study (generally the applicant's doctoral advisor, see §14 of the examination regulations).

Certificate of special qualification for research

Only if applicable, see §4 of the examination regulations.

Confirmation from supervisor of doctoral thesis

Confirmation from one of the professors at the faculty that he or she is prepared to supervise the candidate's doctoral thesis (see template).

Curriculum vitae

Including information on the applicant's previous studies, and previous and ongoing employment (if applicable). The curriculum vitae must be signed by the applicant!

Submission of documents

All required documents must be submitted in hard copy to:

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer
Chairman of the MBR Examination Board
Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization
Munich School of Management
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät München
Kaulbachstr. 45/II
80539 München

University certificates

Including the applicant's Bachelor's and Master's degrees.