PhD in Management at LMU Munich
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FAQ

Do I have to speak German to participate in the program?

No. All courses are offered in English at least once in the academic year. However, speaking German is definitely an advantage in day-to-day communication at the faculty.

Do I have to speak English?

Yes. The MBR program focuses on preparing students to publish in international outlets. Therefore, most courses are in English, and students will be expected to write essays and hold presentations in good English.

Do you require a GMAT / GRE?

No. The only requirements are a qualifying degree and a doctoral supervisor (see application requirements).

Does the Master of Business Research Program offer scholarships?

No, it does not. However, most students enrolled in the MBR are simultaneously employed as research assistants at one of the institutes at the Business Administration Faculty. Please browse their websites for open positions. You are also free to apply for one of the numerous PhD scholarships available in Germany.

What is the tuition fee for the program?

Tuition fees adhere to the standard rates in Bavaria. As of Winter 2013, no tution fees are charged to students. The only fee is a 118,50 € (as of Summer 2017) administrative fee charged by LMU Munich.

How long does it typically take to complete the program?

The program is designed for four semesters (two years) including one semester for the project study.

How do I apply for the program?

To be eligible for the MBR program you need confirmation from one of the professors at the Munich School of Management that he/she is prepared to supervise your project study. Please approach the professors directly to ask whether they are prepared to act as your supervisor. The application requirements and applications process are described in detail on our main site for applicants.

Will my previous course from my Bachelors / Diploma / Masters Degrees be recognized as equivalent to an MBR course?

Generally not. To ensure the ongoing quality of the degree we do not recognize courses from other degrees as a rule. It is explicitly not possible to substitute A/I courses with courses from other programs. In exceptional cases, courses from pure PhD programs may be recognized as part of the B/I module if no previous degree has been earned with such courses. For more information on this please contact Johanna Glauber (j.glauber@lmu.de).

Can I do a PhD at the Munich School of Management without the MBR?

No. The MBR is an integral part of doing a PhD at the Munich School of Management. It ensures a high standard of research at the faculty and the final grade forms part of the PhD grade.

Can I enroll in the MBR program without doing a PhD in Munich?

No. The MBR program is exclusive to PhD students at the Munich School of Management.

I don’t have much / any experience in econometrics / formal models / etc. Is it worth applying for the MBR?

While previous experience with quantitative and formal methods may be advantageous, it is not a prerequisite for the program. In fact, courses on these subjects are part of the MBR program.

Do I have to be based in Munich during the MBR program?

Not necessarily, although it may be difficult to be based too far away. For most of the courses in the program attendance is mandatory.

When will the courses for the coming semester be announced?

As soon as humanly possible, we promise. Generally, courses for each semester are announced during the preceding semester holidays. You will be notified as soon as the courses are planned.

How can I register for courses?

As soon as the courses are planned all MBR students will receive an email inviting them to register. Be patient, we will send you an email!

I am new to the MBR, how do I get on the mailing list?

We will automatically add the email address you provided in your application for the entrance test to our mailing list.

Can I change my email address / unsubscribe from MBR mails?

Certainly! Just write an email to Johanna Glauber (j.glauber@lmu.de).

Will you recognize course XZY from my previous degree as a B/I course?

Generally not. To ensure the ongoing quality of the degree we do not recognize courses from other degrees as a rule. It is explicitly not possible to substitute A/I courses with courses from other programs. In exceptional cases, courses from pure PhD programs may be recognized as part of the B/I module if no previous degree has been earned with such courses. For more information on this please contact Johanna Glauber (j.glauber@lmu.de).

How much work are the A/I courses?

The MBR core courses (A/I) are usually block courses that cover three to four full days. In addition, you will generally be required to prepare a presentation or seminar paper (specified for each course in the course syllabus). From experience we estimate that each course takes two to three weeks full-time work.

How many courses should I take per semester?

Depending on your teaching and administrative workload, two to three A/I courses a semester should be manageable. This will also allow you to take courses for the B/I and B/II Modules, and is enough to ensure you finish in four semesters.

How will the MBR affect my PhD mark? Can I get a “summa cum laude” if I get a final MBR-grade of XYZ?

Formally, the MBR replaces the oral exam in the PhD process (§19 of the faculty's regulations for the doctoral process). The MBR grade thus counts for 1/3 of the final grade for the PhD, with the other two thirds being made up of the grade for the doctoral thesis. According to the regulations, doctoral theses may be graded up to “0,5” (§16), and the best attainable grade in the MBR is a “1.0”. The accolade “summa cum laude” is awarded to candidates with an overall grade of “0.75” (unrounded) or better (§19). You can do the math.