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WU's Doc­toral and PhD pro­grams are three year-­pro­grams and usu­ally take at least 6 semesters to com­plete. In the course of your stud­ies, you at­tend courses, pass ex­am­in­a­tions and write a dis­ser­ta­tion.

The PhD pro­grams are mainly in­ten­ded for the uni­versity's aca­demic staff. The doc­toral pro­grams can also be stud­ied by stu­dents who are not work­ing at the uni­versity.

In­form­a­tion about ad­mis­sion to a doc­toral/PhD pro­gram is avail­able in the chapter Ap­plic­a­tion and Ad­mis­sion.

Pre­lim­in­ary con­firm­a­tion of su­per­vi­sion

Ac­cord­ing to WU's stat­utes, you need to have found a su­per­visor at WU be­fore you can en­rol in a doc­toral/PhD pro­gram (ex­cept PhD Fin­ance and DIBT). The WU pro­fessor will­ing to su­per­vise your dis­ser­ta­tion signs the pre­lim­in­ary con­firm­a­tion of su­per­vi­sion; you need this doc­u­ment for ad­mis­sion. You have to find a su­per­visor your­self, the uni­versity can­not provide you with one. As many are in­ter­ested to be­gin a doc­toral/PhD pro­gram at WU, look­ing for a su­per­visor may be a dif­fi­cult and time-­con­sum­ing busi­ness.