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Become a Doctoral Candidate at TUM School of Management

Conduct high profile research in an

inspiring academic environment.

Welcome to the Graduate Center of TUM School of Management!

Our doctoral program ensures all our doctoral students receive the best preparation possible for a successful career in industry or in 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.

Our Research Excellence program opens up additional opportunities for extensive training, coaching and international academic networking for our most promising doctoral candidates.

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 and Professor Michael Kurschilgen
Heads 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 department. On the following pages, you will find detailed information on

Please note:

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.

Funding and Scholarships


Administrative Support

Qualification Program

General information about doing your doctorate at Technical University of Munich, which may differ from 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.


Upon completion of this program our doctoral graduates will

  • have expert scientific knowledge in their field of specialization.
  • be problem-solvers for complex scientific issues.
  • be effective communicators of scientific issues.
  • be responsible scientists.
  • be active scientists in a global world.

Doctoral Course Program

Please note

Due to the corona pandemic, some of the courses of summer semester 2020 cannot be conducted as planned. Please find information on changed formats (e.g. virtual lecture) and dates, as well as other information on the courses in the course list below. If you have questions on the organization of a course, please contact the organizer.

  • The registration for our doctoral courses is binding.
  • From the course program, all doctoral candidates who entered the list of doctoral candidates after January 1, 2014, have to complete at least four courses in Methods/Theory and one research skills seminar or five courses in Methods/Theory. Each doctoral course has to be on doctoral level and has to be equivalent to 4 ECTS and a minimum of 22.5 hours class time.
  • Doctoral candidates who would like to hand in their doctoral thesis must contact the Graduate Center in time (at least three months in advance) in order to request the approval form before submitting your dissertation to make sure your doctoral course program is completed. Please note that there are different approval forms according to the entry date to the list of doctoral candidates and the membership status in the Graduate School.
  • If not indicated differently, all doctoral courses are taught in English.
  • Winter term 2021/2022
  • Summer term 2021
  • Winter term 2020/2021

TitleDescriptionLecturerCourse DatesAdvanced AnalyticsAnalytics (business analytics, or data analytics) is a process of using data and modelling to suppor…

Prof. Dr. Jingui Xie (TUM)Kick-off September 16, 2021, 9:00 pm – 10:30 am via Zoom
every Thursday morning. Dates could be coordinated with participants.
If possible, the course will be held in person; otherwise, via Zoom.Advanced Topics in Finance ResearchThe goal of this course is to present and discuss current state-of-the-art research in finance. Ther…

Various speakers from various European universitiesThe course takes place throughout the full academic year (WS 21/22 + SS 22).
Students need to participate for a sufficient amount of presentation time (22.5 hours) to arrive at the full credit of 4 ETCS.

Potential ways of participation:
• Finance seminar series (each sessions counts 1.67 hours)
• Munich Finance day (usually counts 3 hours, takes place 2x per year, usually at the end of January / July, dates can be found here).Basic Neuroscience for Organisational Research and EconomicsThis seminar aims at teaching the basics of cognitive neuroscience and how it is applied more or les…

Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus (TUM), Dr. Franziska Emmerling (TUM)Session I: 04.11., 9:30-12:00 & 13:00-15:00, digital
Session II: 18.11., 9:00-12:00 & 13:00-16:00, digital
Session III: 19.11., 9:00-12:00 & 13:00-16:00, digital
Session IV: 03.12., 9:00-12:00 & 13:00-16:00, digitalEconomics of AgingThe seminar “Economics of Aging” will cover several economic and sociological aspects of demogra…

Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan (Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy)Wednesdays, 10.30 to 12.00 a.m.

The course takes place throughout the term (incl. lecture-free time). Students need to participate for a sufficient amount of presentation time (22.5 hours) to arrive at the full credit of 4 ETCS.

Kick-Off: October 6
Location: Munich Center for Economics of Aging, Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik, Room 313, Amalienstraße 33, 80799 München

Note: The course will be held online (via gotomeeting) until further notice.Levering on the latest advances in Natural Language Processing (NLP)The course …(1) equips participants with tools and information how to preprocess textual data (2) …

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Müller (TUM)pre-workshop Nov 17
Nov 18-19 on campus
presentation day Dec 1 ZoomMastering the Review Process: Writing of and Responding to Peer-ReviewsThe course … (1) provides an overview of the peer-review process in international scientific journ…

Prof. Dr. Jens Förderer (TUM)Course will be held online via Zoom. Login details will be distributed after registration.

28.10.2021: Kick-off, administration, presentation by instructor (9:00-15.30)
01.12.2021: Q&A (10:45-12:30)
12.01.2022: Presentation day 1 (9:00-17.30)
13.01.2022: Presentation day 2 (9.00-17.30)Psychological TheoriesWhat this course is: This course gives an introduction to the psychological theories and concepts th…

Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus (TUM), Dr. Mojtaba Salem (TUM)November 9, 2021, 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., online
December 7, 2021, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., online
January 18, 2022, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., online

Information Event on Doctoral Program at TUM SOM and Workshop on Good Scientific Practices – October 21, 2020

We cordially invite all our current Doctoral Candidates to attend the next info session of the Graduate Center of TUM School of Management.
Prof. Alwine Mohnen – one of the speakers of the Graduate Center – as well as the representatives of the doctoral candidates will share some valuable information on your doctoral studies with you. They would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new doctoral candidates. Information Event on Doctoral Program at TUM SOM and Workshop on Good Scientific Practices – October 21, 2020

Paths to a doctorate


As a research associate, you will be employed as an academic assistant at the respective department or institute, where you will be closely involved in research as well as in teaching. Your dissertation supervisor will support you in your academic development and in developing your dissertation topic.


As a scholarship holder, you finance your doctorate with a stipend. Numerous foundations and other funding and research organisations support and finance highly-qualified doctoral candidates. Organizations that provide scholarships for outstanding candidates usually also support them with seminars and opportunities to exchange views within an alumni network. Please note that TUM School of Management itself does not grant doctoral stipends.


External doctoral candidates are employed either by an industrial company or a research institution while the academic support is provided by TUM School of Management. If you choose this path, you will need a dissertation supervisor at TUM School of Management who will support your research project as an external doctoral candidate. You will do your work and research mainly at the respective research institution or company, but you are also integrated into the academic environment at TUM School of Management.


If you are a doctoral candidate at another university in Germany or abroad, you can enroll for a guest stay at TUM School of Management for six terms at most. In order to do a guest doctorate at TUM School of Management you will have to find a professor who supervises your research at TUM School of Management. As a guest doctoral candidate, you do not need to have your diploma recognized. The participation in courses offered by TUM Graduate School is possible in individual cases. For details, please contact the Graduate Center.

Admission requirements

In order to join our doctoral program, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • 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.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please contact the Chair or the respective professor directly to apply as a doctoral candidate. Applicants are entirely responsible for finding a supervisor on their own account.
  • In addition to your academic supervisor, you need a mentor who will ideally support you throughout your doctorate. You can choose, for example, a former supervisor or colleague from the industry, someone you met at a conference, an employee or professor from another department, or even one of your friends or family members. Prerequisite for becoming a mentor is the completion of a doctorate
  • Please keep in mind that it is your sole responsibility to search for your supervisor as well as your mentor.

Additional Information for Applicants

  • You do not have to pass a language test. Nevertheless, a doctorate from TUM School of Management requires very good written and spoken English skills as you should be able to speak fluently with your supervisor about your research area during your application interview. German skills are highly beneficial as well.
  • You do not have to pass a GMAT test (Graduate Management Admission Test).
  • There are no enrollment deadlines – you can apply at any time.
  • Doctoral candidates do not have to pay tuition fees.

For more information on admission requirements, please see the current TUM Doctoral Regulations.


Please take the following steps to apply to our doctoral program:


Find a dissertation topic


Find an academic supervisor


Sign a supervision agreement


Register as a doctoral candidate


  • A confirmation from a professor of TUM School of Management that he or she will supervise your dissertation is a prerequisite for registering in DocGS.
  • We only accept and process complete applications. Incomplete applications will extend the application process.
  • Please only submit officially certified copies of your Master’s degree certificate and transcript. For legal reasons, copies of your degree have to be certified even if you hold a TUM degree.
  • At the time you submit your application, your supervision agreement must state your mentor and must be signed by you, your mentor and your supervisor.
  • A personal appointment at our Graduate Center to hand in your complete application documents is mandatory for being added to the list of doctoral candidates. Please make an appointment in advance.


Applicants for doctoral studies with a citizenship other than German need to consider certain legal matters. Further information can be found below.More Information 


When you are registered, you also have the option of enrolling as a doctoral candidate at Technical University of Munich. The advantage of enrollment is that it gives you official student status. You can find more information about matriculation below.

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