Project Competence Doctorate at SHB: Formal requirements

Admission requirements as stated in the doctoral program regulations (PRO)

  1. A completed master’s degree (university, university of applied sciences, institute of technology), officially recognized in the country in which it was awarded or a  comparable diploma-based degree (university, university of applied sciences, institute of technology) in fields directly related to the accredited master’s degree programs offered by SHB – above average grades for performance, with no less than 300 credit points (ECTS) and a proven academic qualification. The doctoral examination board will determine whether an applicant’s previous educational achievements qualify him or her for the program upon written request by the applicant.
  2. Current employment in a company or organization
  3. Approved research project
  4. Passed aptitude test


  1. If you would like to carry out your doctoral work at Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB) and you meet the admission requirements outlined under sections 1.1 and 1.2, you will have to carry out your planned research in the form of a project. The necessary documentation for this includes a draft of the functional specifications for your planned research project. In addition to your research aims, this should outline a budget and scheduled project milestones. It should also specify a potential mentor from your company and the SHB.
  2. Application documents:
    1. Application form
    2. Resume with application photo
    3. Higher education admissions record (certified copy)
    4. Proof of attained university degree (certified copies of transcripts and certificates)
    5. Declaration of previous applications for doctoral work (time period, faculty, topics)
    6. Current criminal record certificate issued by the German Federal Central Criminal Register or similar (original document)
    7. Draft of the research project functional specifications
    8. Proof of knowledge concerning research methods
  3. Once you have compiled your application documents, please direct your application to one of our Steinbeis Transfer Institutes (STI) depending on the topic of your planned work. The specialist STI will check whether it is interested in supporting your research project. If not, you can apply directly to us. If the STI is interested, it will work with you and your company to define your project (resulting in, among other things, a research contract and formal functional specifications for your research project). The STI will then have your planned research work assessed by an approved SHB professor based on these functional specifications. This expert report will also include recommendations for mentors (SHB, company) and the assessor of your dissertation (habilitated SHB professor, habilitated professor at another academic university). (
  4. The STI will submit the application documents and assessment to us. If, following formal examination, your documents meet with our approval, the board of examiners will decide whether to accept the formal functional specifications for your research project and the expert report you have submitted. The STI will be informed of any objections to, or the rejection of, your proposal. If your proposal is accepted, the board of examiners will confirm arrangements for your aptitude test (date and examiner).


  1. Once you have passed the aptitude test, met all of the necessary admission requirements and signed a contract for your doctoral work, our institute will approve your doctoral work. As of this point, the project competence doctorate  will commence and run for at least three years.
  2. The contract for your doctoral work will specify the formal course of your doctorate (project colloquia, examinations, dissertation). This contract will also oblige the doctoral student to, among other things, adhere to the fundamental requirements of appropriate scientific and academic practice.

The Project Competence Doctorate

  1. Regardless of the formal milestones (project colloquia), over the course of the doctorate, you will discuss the project status directly with the mentors assigned to your research project.
  2. Our institute will schedule six formal project colloquia to assess your project progress.

The doctoral program regulations serve as the formal basis for admission.

Examination Board

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Johann Löhn (chairman)
  • Professor Dr. habil. Heiner Lasi (deputy chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. habil. Urs Füglistaller
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