FAQ - Doctorate

What are the general admission requirements for doctorates?

In order to be admitted to a doctorate program, you must have a master's degree or equivalent.

Why should I pursue a doctorate?

A doctorate fosters intellectual growth and strengthens one's character, and enhances prospects for professional positions in various industries. In certain areas, a doctoral degree opens up better opportunities for achieving management positions.

Why should I pursue my doctorate at ONSITES Graduate School?

At ONSITES Graduate School, we provide excellent research and study conditions, fostering scientific and technical exchange among doctoral students. Our collaboration with numerous companies enables the integration of university and industrial research in an optimal manner. Doctoral students have the opportunity to pursue their doctorate at one of ONSITES Graduate School's partnership universities, offering programs in English, German, Russian, or Polish.

What other benefits does a doctorate course offer?

During their doctoral studies, students can incorporate their accomplishments into a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program and obtain certification. Furthermore, we offer comprehensive support for attending scientific conferences and workshops, as well as publishing peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. Coaching measures for career development are also available to doctoral students.

Are the doctorates provided by ONSITES Graduate School state-recognized/accredited?

All doctoral programs offered by ONSITES Graduate School in collaboration with our partner universities are recognized by relevant authorities and accredited.

What types of doctorate opportunities does ONSITES Graduate School offer?

ONSITES Graduate School offers opportunities for postgraduate professional doctorate degrees, leading to the degrees of "Doctor of Business Administration (DBA/Dr. oec)", "Doctor of Public Health (Dr. PH.)", or “Doctor of Laws (LL.D/Dr. iur.) in the respective fields.

How is a doctorate program typically structured, and what are the requirements?

A doctorate program at ONSITES Graduate School follows a compact and modular structure, allowing for efficient progress. Its flexible design accommodates the integration of studies into your professional life. In addition to writing a thesis, requirements may include attending online seminars, conferences and workshops, solving case studies, and writing and publishing scientific papers.

Am I free to choose my own thesis topic?

Absolutely! You have the freedom to choose your own thesis topic, provided it meets the requirements of the doctoral program.

Are there any mandatory in-person events?

No. Currently, all events are conducted online.

What examinations must be taken during the doctoral program?

Doctorate programs typically involve module examinations, including the doctoral dissertation, and conclude with a disputation.

Where and how are the examinations conducted?

All examination formats are currently conducted online.

What happens if I fail an examination?

Our study materials are carefully designed to ensure adequate exam preparation. However, in the event of failure, you have the opportunity to retake an examination up to two times.

Can I transfer previous doctoral achievements from another educational institution to a doctoral program at ONSITES Graduate School?

Certainly! Previous doctoral achievements from other educational institutions can be recognized for doctoral programs offered at ONSITES Graduate School. Prior to enrollment, we evaluate the relevant documents to determine which previous doctoral achievements can be recognized.

How can I obtain further information about my desired doctoral program?

For more information about your desired doctoral program, our support team at ONSITES Graduate School is available via email or telephone to assist you. You can also request further information via the contact form.

How can I enroll in a doctoral program, and which documents do I need to submit?

To enroll in a doctoral program, you need to submit the enrollment form along with the following documents: identification card or passport, curriculum vitae, graduation diplomas, and any previously obtained diplomas and certificates. Students from the European Union must provide notarized documents, while students from outside the European Union require notarization and an apostille. If additional documents are required, you will be notified accordingly.

When can I start my doctoral program?

Our doctoral programs can be initiated at any time, starting every 1st of a month.

What is the duration of a doctoral program?

The standard period of study for a doctoral program at ONSITES Graduate School is one to three years.

Can I shorten the duration of my doctoral studies?

Yes. If you have previous doctoral achievements from other educational institutions, they can be recognized, potentially shortening the standard duration of your doctoral studies.

Do I need to undergo selection or admission test procedures to be admitted to doctoral studies?

Generally, selection or admission test procedures are not required for doctoral programs. However, some programs may involve admission tests, which often include a brief presentation of the proposed subject matter of the doctorate.

Who supports me with administrative questions during my doctoral studies?

For administrative inquiries during your doctoral studies, our support team at ONSITES Graduate School is available to assist you via email or telephone.

Who provides academic support during my doctoral studies at ONSITES Graduate School?

Academic support during doctoral studies at ONSITES Graduate School is generally provided by the respective supervisor, who guides and assists you with academic matters.

How should I allocate my study hours per week during my doctoral studies?

The amount of study hours per week varies for each doctoral student, as learning styles differ. As a general guideline, it is recommended to allocate eight to twelve hours of study per week.

Can I balance my doctoral studies with my professional commitments?

At ONSITES Graduate School, we understand the challenges of pursuing doctoral studies while managing professional responsibilities. With our individualized support and flexible study opportunities, you can effectively balance your doctoral studies with your professional activities.

What are the fees associated with a doctoral program at ONSITES Graduate School?

The fees for doctoral programs at ONSITES Graduate School depend on factors such as the partnership university, and program duration. We ensure full transparency by displaying and bindingly agreeing upon the tuition fees prior to enrollment.

Are there any additional costs besides program fees for a doctoral program?

In addition to program fees, there may be additional costs associated with the recognition of previous doctoral achievements. These costs, if applicable, will be fully transparent and agreed upon. Other potential expenses, such as travel costs, internet and telephone expenses, acquisition of additional literature, participation fees for conferences and workshops, and publishing costs, are the responsibility of the doctoral students.

In which languages can I pursue a doctoral program at ONSITES Graduate School?

At ONSITES Graduate School, doctoral programs are conducted in English, German, and Russian.

Are doctoral studies completed abroad recognized as equivalent to doctoral programs in my home country?

Yes. If a university is recognized by the relevant authorities in the country of residence and the chosen doctoral programs are accredited, doctoral studies completed abroad hold equivalent recognition on an international scale.

What are the career prospects after successfully completing a doctoral program at ONSITES Graduate School?

Completing a doctoral program at ONSITES Graduate School opens up excellent career prospects, often surpassing those of conventional study programs. In OECD countries, the average percentage of academics holding a doctoral degree is 2%. Graduates with a doctoral degree in fields such as business, medicine, social science, healthcare, and engineering enjoy particularly promising career opportunities.