Guideline for the Doctoral Degree Process

According to the regulations and procedures governing the doctoral dissertation to earn a doctoral degree in Business Administration at the University of Mannheim.

Degree regulations

Regulations and procedures governing the doctoral dissertation in Business (2014) (Promotionsordnung)

Regulations and procedures governing the doctoral dissertation in Business (2010) (Promotionsordnung)

  • Step 1: Agreement with supervisor

    Together with your supervisor, please fill out the first and second page of the PhD Milestones (provided by the Center Manager). Do this twice and keep one of the documents. Send the other one to the Dean’s Office of the Business School, which will present it to the Doctoral Examination committee for acceptance.

  • Step 2: Requesting admission as a doctoral student (section 4–7 of the regulations)

    Together with your PhD Milestones or your Supervision Agreement, please submit an admission request to the Dean of the Business School (informal). Please state your topic (working title) in your letter and hand in the following documents: 

    • CV (incl. place and date of birth, nationality, phone number, e-mail)
    • Certified copy of Graduate degree certificate
    • Declaration of consent to data processing

    The Dean’s Office of the Business School examines the request regarding the requirements for acceptance and sends out a confirmation of acceptance as a doctoral candidate.

  • Step 3: Write your thesis

    Acknowledgement of publications 'This work was supported by the University of Mannheim’s Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences.'

  • Step 4: Register for the oral examination (section 9 of the regulations)

    After you have successfully completed your thesis, please set a date for the defense of your dissertation with your supervisor and speak to the Dean’s Office regarding date, time and location. Submit a request to the Dean (informal) in good time before the intended oral examination and hand in the following: 

    After you have successfully applied for the doctoral examination, the Dean’s Office of the Business School will coordinate the following: 

    • Acceptance of the doctoral dissertation by the evaluators (section 9 subsection 3 and 4 of the Regulations)
    • Public display (2 weeks, if the public display is during the lecture period; 4 weeks, if the public display is during the lecture-free period)
    • Acceptance of the doctoral dissertation (if no one objects to it during the display period) 
  • Step 5: Oral examination (section 11 of the regulations)

    For the oral examination, the Dean’s Office of the Business School takes care of the following: 

    • Appoint group(s) of examiners
    • Send invitations to examiners and candidates
    • Preparation of examination forms and certificates

    The examination will be hosted by at least two business administration examiners and, if applicable, one additional examiner. You will find all details regarding the oral examination in the Regulations. 

  • Step 6: Request for printing permission of the doctoral dissertation (section 12 of the regulations)

    Please submit a request to the Dean of the Business School regarding the printing permission of the doctoral dissertation. Together with the request, please hand in the title page of your dissertation (front and back) and a short CV that will be placed at the very back of your thesis. You can check out the details in the sample.

    After having received your documents, the Dean's Office of the Business School will seek written consent of your evaluators. Once these have arrived, the Dean of the Business School will issue you a printing permission. You can then arrange printing and deliver your mandatory printed copies to the Dean's Office of the Business School. The different ways of publishing can be found in the download.

  • Step 7: After the printing

    After delivering the mandatory copies, the Dean’s Office of the Business School will send you the official certificate as soon as it is available.

Contact

Natalie Holm, Dipl.-Kffr.

Natalie Holm, Dipl.-Kffr.

Doctoral Student Advisor, Program Manager MMBR, Commencement Ceremonies
At the moment, I can’t be reached via phone. Please contact me via email.
University of Mannheim
Dean's Office Business School
L 5, 5 – Room 203 (2nd floor)
68161 Mannheim