Doctoral Program

As a highly regarded international institution, it is only natural that WHU fosters young and dedicated researchers. WHU may award the academic degree of a Doctor of Business and Economics (Dr. rer. pol.) – the German equivalent to a Ph.D. – based on a scientific paper (dissertation) and its presentation (disputation).

We are delighted to receive applications from highly motivated German and foreign candidates seeking to undertake doctoral studies in one of our fields of research:

Why do Doctoral Studies at WHU?

WHU Doctoral Students...

  • are really passionate about their research subject
  • are ambitious and have a keen interest in scientific research
  • present their findings at national and international conferences
  • write scientific publications for internationally recognized journals
  • are team-oriented and exhibit a high degree of self-motivation 



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Your Contact

Claudia Heymann

Director Doctoral Program


Basic information


  • Doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) awarded on the basis of a dissertation and a disputation
  • Approx. 35 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