Admission Requirements

The following list provides an overview of the admission requirements for doctoral study. Please also read the document Regulation on Particular Qualifications for Entry.

  • 1. Successful completion of a master's programme with a standard period of study of at least one year (in addition to a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 300 ECTS credits) or an equivalent degree from a German institute of higher education, or from an institute that is a signatory of the Bologna Accords. The master's degree must also be in, or related to a field of study represented at the Faculty of Business and Economics. The master's degree must also be considered as particularly suitable for completing a doctoral degree in accordance with paragraph 5 of the Regulation on Particular Qualifications for Entry.

  • 2. Deviating from requirement 1 (above), a total of 240 ECTS credits from a master's degree, bachelor's degree, additional study or exam credits will be accepted as long as the grade point average is at least a 1.5 for the respective degree.

  • 3. If your degrees are from a country that is not a signatory of the Bologna Accords, you must provide proof of the degree's equivalency. For this process, we will consider the advisement of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) of the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal States of the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) for recognition and evaluation of the qualification to be considered. The grades of the foreign degrees must also be translated into the German grading system.

  • 4. Grades / Transcripts

    • a. Proof of grades (such as a transcript) of bachelor's, master's, or comparable degrees totaling at least 100 credits in the field of study that you will be pursuing doctoral studies, or
    • b. Proof of grades (such as a transcript) of bachelor's, master's, or comparable degrees totaling at least 30 credits in the field of study that you will be pursuing doctoral studies; and proof of grades (such as a transcript) of bachelor's, master's, or comparable degrees totaling at least 70 credits in other subjects, that your primary advisor considers useful in terms of your intended dissertation topic.


  • 5. Applicants who cannot provide a German university entrance qualification, and have not completed either a bachelor's, master's, or comparable degree at a German institute of higher education must prove sufficient knowledge of the German language. According to the examination regulations of the university, the language proficiency criteria can be satisfied by passing the German language examination for university admission of foreign applicants (DSH) with at least DSH-2. Applicants who have passed the "Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache" (TestDaF) or pass the "Prüfungsteil Deutsch" assessment at a Studienkolleg (a preparatory course) are not required to pass the DSH examination.

  • 6. Proof of German language is however, not required if you prove proficient English language abilities. If your native language is not English, you must prove sufficient language skills through one of the following internationally recognized tests:

    • a. Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE): at least level 4
    • b. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: at least a "B"
    • c. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: at least a "C"
    • d.Common European Framework (CEF): at least level C1
    • e. International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic ): at least level 6
    • f. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language),computer-based: at least 215 points
    • g. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), paper-based: at least 550 points
    • h.TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), new internet-based: at least 80 points
    • i. TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): at least 750 points
    • j. UNIcertF: at least level 3
    • k. Expert opinion or exam after spending at least three months in an English language course in an English-speaking country, citing a level of competency that meets criteria (a-j) above.
    • l.At least two years of study or work in an English-speaking country within the last three years before applying for admission.
    • m. Successfully completing a degree held in the English language.

    The above tests (a-k) must have been successfully completed within two years prior to the date of application for admission.


  • 7. Master's degrees or equivalent degrees must have a final grade of at least 2.5, as well as proof of suitability and relevancy for the doctoral programme. The suitability should be outlined in the expose. Also, the final grade will be weighted less strictly if you are ranked as having:

    • a. outstanding suitability for the programme (1.0)
    • b. very good suitability for the programme (0.7)
    • c. good suitability for the programme (0.3)


    The graduate committee will evaluate suitability.


  • 8. Written confirmation or declaration by a faculty member (that is also a member of the examination board) of the Göttingen University Faculty of Business and Economics that they will supervise your doctoral studies pending acceptance to the programme.

  • 9. Admission is only provided when:

    • a. No intermediary (third-party) has been paid to suggest how to begin doctoral studies;
    • b. If in the context of the academic and administrative process of completing doctoral studies, no financial payments were made nor paid services were rendered nor unpaid services were used whose intention and purpose violate the doctoral examination process;
    • c. There are no grounds to justify revocation of the doctoral degree; and
      the above conditions are assured by the applicant.




Admitted candidates will receive written confirmation of their admission by the Dean's Office. The admission letter includes a date by which the applicant must declare their acceptance in writing. If the Dean's Office does not receive confirmation within the stipulated time frame, the offer of admission will expire. Applicants who are not admitted will receive a rejection letter.

Note that once you begin doctoral studies at the University of Göttingen, you must enroll (matriculate) yourself at the Registrar's Office.