Studiengang Details

Doctoral Program

Fact sheet

Doctor, Dr. rer. oec.

Taught language

Business & Economics, Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Program Emphasis
Management, Ökonometrie, Ökonomie, Wirtschaftspolitik

Course options
Part-time study


Contact person
André Jontza, MBA
Officer Marketing and Student Recruitment
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 business or economics
  • Letter of acceptance from an HHL supervisor, following a personal interview with an HHL professor
  • Research proposal (accepted by an HHL supervisor)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Very good skills in English (e.g. TOEFL of 96+ ibt)

Important Dates

Program Start: Rolling admission, no application deadline

Tuition / Fees

Study fee EUR 19,800, including:
  • Enrollment fee EUR 2,500 (waiver for HHL alumni)
  • Examination fee EUR 1,000 (waivers possible)

Financial Aid

Possible scholarships HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Duration of study

36 months

Career Perspective

A doctoral degree from HHL enables you to choose from quite a variety of career options.

Depending on your own preferences you may either seize a next-level job opportunity with a company, even set up your own business, or – if you like teaching and research – pursue an academic career. At HHL you may also habilitate and thus further indulge in research.
In the last 22 years almost 300 students have obtained their doctoral degree from HHL. More than 30 of these postgraduates now work as professors at universities or at universities of applied sciences.

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