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Doctoral Program

Fact sheet

Doctor, Dr. rer. oec.

Taught language

Business and Economics, Management

Program Emphasis
Management, Ökonometrie, Ökonomie, Wirtschaftspolitik

Course options
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HHL’s Doctoral Program extents over 3 years

It includes coursework in the form of lectures and seminars, independent research and participation in doctoral forums, research colloquia, Summer School and conferences.

As a rule, HHL’s Doctoral Program takes three years, including the acceptance and defense of the thesis. Doctoral candidates have the flexibility to arrange the coursework according to their individual schedule. All seminars offered require students' attendance in Leipzig.

Core Modules
  • Philosophical Underpinnings of Economic and Management Research
  • Economic Analysis & Policy OR Corporate Governance
  • Elective Modules (4 out of 6)
  • Methods of Management Research
  • Scientific Writing & Publishing
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Methods of Multivariate Analysis
  • PLS Path Modeling
  • (elective courses are examples only)
Year 1: Two weeks (mandatory courses), 4-5 weekends (elective courses), one week (Summer School I), one day (Research Colloquium)
Year 2: One week (Summer School II), one day (Doctoral Colloquium)


Requirements / Application

  • Above-average master-level degree in Management or Economics
  • Very good skills in English (e.g. TOEFL of 96+ ibt)
Admission to the Doctoral Program at HHL is highly competitive. The participation in such a program in Germany differs from an American PhD program. It requires that a candidate finds a professor to grade and guide the Doctoral Thesis.

We are offering a rolling admission, which allows you to start in your preferred term. The rolling admission allows you to join the Doctoral Program at any time.

Applicants are evaluated based on an above-average academic degree in Business or Economics following a course of at least eight semesters (Bachelor + Master or Diploma) at an academic university or a university of applied sciences. Furthermore, the candidate has to hand in a proof of proficiency in English (e. g. TOEFL).

Before you can be admitted to the Doctoral Program, you need to find a supervisor at HHL. Therefore, please use our application platform to hand in your application documents including the research proposal of your planned dissertation and choose three potential supervisors out of our professors. Please take a look at our faculty to find out about their research topics. Your documents will be forwarded to the Academic Director of the Doctoral Program who will review the research proposal and will forward it to your preferred supervisors.

In case of a positive feedback from one of your preferred supervisors the Doctoral Committee will evaluate your application.

Tuition / Fees

The tuition fee is EUR 15,000 for the entire program, which is to be paid in three installments at the beginning of the first, second and third academic year (EUR 5,000, EUR 5,000 and EUR 5,000).

The Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WCGE) and the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) will award up to six scholarships for the PhD program “Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business”, starting in February 2015. The program is open to outstanding PhD students whose research interests touch the field of responsible leadership in business in a global context. In very rare cases and only on request, HHL may partially or fully waive the tuition fee, for outstanding, excellent and qualifying students.

The tuition fees for the Doctoral Program are tax deductible as anticipated professional expenses. Get first tips by reading the brochure "Steuertipps". For detailed information please contact your legal tax advisor.

Financial Aid

Possible scholarships HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Duration of study

36 months

Career Perspective

An individual Career Service at HHL is regarded as a key element to our students' success. From the date of admission to the Doctoral Program to the placement of a successful job application – we will support you.

Leading international firms regularly recruit HHL graduates on campus – both for internships and permanent positions. Therefore, the majority of the students have several employment offers, even before graduation.

Our service does not end with your HHL graduation. We continue to support our graduates with our postgraduate career service.

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