Doctoral Program

The WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management Doctoral Program targets applicants who have completed a Diploma or Master program with outstanding success and who are motivated to accomplish academically sound work that is located in the exciting area between theory and practice.

Graduates of the Doctoral Program receive the degree of Doctor of Business and Economics (Dr. rer. pol.).



WHU Researchers Win AFFI Conference Prize

A team of researchers from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management has received the AFFI 2017 Best Conference Paper Prize. The prize was awarded to Professor Dr. Nihat Aktas, Chair of Mergers and...



Research Award for WHU Alumna Dr. Wagner

WHU Alumna Dr. Claudia M. Wagner received the IPSERA Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2016 for her work on “Intuition in supplier selection – An emotional perspective of team decision making”. The...



Doctoral Students Win EFMD Award

Peter M. Bican and Carsten C. Guderian received the 2016 EFMD Case Writing Competition Award in the category “Corporate Social Responsibility” for their case study entitled “Martin Bauer Group:...


WHU Doctoral Program

Basic information


  • Doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) awarded on the basis of a dissertation and a disputation
  • Approx. 48 doctoral degrees awarded per year
  • Access to published dissertations: Books / Electronic publications 
  • Many of the graduates received awards for their dissertations

Program start:

  • Applications accepted and start possible at any time of the year
  • Internal and external study program
  • Duration: 3-5 years

Graduates of the WHU Doctoral Program: