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Doctoral programmes

Admission after national academic degrees

Not every master's degree, teaching degree or diploma degree automatically entitles you to enroll into a doctorate’s programme at the University of Graz. The curriculum of the intended doctoral program provides information about which previous study program is a consecutive (=directly advanced) study program and allows the admission to the doctorate’s program.

For doctoral programs of the URBI, NAWI, THEOL faculties and for the Interfaculty doctoral programme in Teaching Methodology, the pre-approval form or registration for the doctoral programme form with the required signatures must be submitted with the application. The links to the forms can be found below in the text.

• Doctorate URBI: "Pre-approval" form from the relevant doctoral school

• Doctorate NAWI: Form "Registration for doctoral studies" & abstract of the planned dissertation

• Non-faculty doctorate subject didactics: "Pre-approval" form

• Doctorate in Catholic Theol. Faculty: "Pre-approval" form

If you have already registered the desired doctoral programme at another Austrian university, you must submit a certificate of departure (confirmation of deregistration) before admission.


First-time admission to a doctoral program for Summer semester 2023 is possible from January 9 to May 31, 2023.

Attention: For the re-registration of existing doctoral studies as well as the continuation of doctoral studies already admitted once, the deadline for Summer semester 2023 is March 31, 2023!

Contact and appointment

If you have any questions or want to make appointments on the subject of admission to doctoral studies after national degrees, please use the following contact details for the Academic Affairs Office:

Mail: zulassung.doktorat(at)uni-graz.at
Phone: +43 (0) 316 380-1163

International students as well as Austrian applicants with a degree obtained abroad always have to submit an application for admission.

You can find the necessary form and further information here.

You can contact the Unit for International Students of the Academic Affairs Office at:
Mail: zulassung.international(at)uni-graz.at
Phone: +43 (0)316 380 -1162 or -2192

Your previous studies completed in Austria entitles you to pursue the consecutive doctorate’s programme

(Example: MA in business administration would like to start a doctorate SOWI with a specialization in business administration)

When you have completed your previous studies at the University of Graz, you can enroll by email.

To do this, please send the following documents / data to zulassung.doktorat(at)uni-graz.at

- Your explicit wish to enroll with precise details of the desired doctoral program (faculty and specialization)

- Your matriculation number

- if required for your faculty: prior approval with all required signatures

If you have completed your previous-studies at another Austrian educational institution, please complete the online Pre-Registration: Data Capture and upload the documents mentioned in the application tool. After reviewing your application, you will be informed by us about the further process for enrollment by e-mail or telephone.

Your previous study program completed in Austria do NOT entitle you to direct admission to doctorate’s programme

In this case, it must be checked whether the completed study programme is eligible for the intended doctorate’s proramme.

For this purpose, please submit an application for admission to the doctoral program. If you have never studied at the University of Graz before and would like to apply for a non-consecutive degree program, you can find the necessary steps to register for a degree program here.

You have already been enrolled at the University of Graz and would like to apply for a non-consecutive doctoral program:
If you do not have an active UNIGRAZonline account, the application can be submitted here. As soon as you have submitted all required documents, we will start processing your application.

You have an active UNIGRAZonline account and would like to open an additional non-consecutive doctoral program:
For this, the application is done directly via your UNIGRAZonline business card under the item "My applications".

In all cases: After reviewing your application, we will inform you about the further process by e-mail or phone.

If the formal requirements are met, your application will be sent to the responsible curriculum commission (CUKO) for reviewing the content requirements. Based on the documents submitted, the CUKO will make one of the following decisions:

A) Direct Admission

B) Admission with additional courses

C) no admission

In case A, after receiving the CUKO's evaluation, you will be informed by e-mail from the Academic Affairs Office that you can enroll.

In cases B and C, legal proceedings will be initiated. You will receive an information letter (called “Parteiengehör”) from our legal department. After receiving the Parteiengehör, you have the opportunity to submit a statement. If there is no response from you, a notification (called “Bescheid”) will be sent to you after the 14-day response-period has expired. The enrollment in the Academic Affairs Office in case B) is only possible with the notification!

In the case of administrative proceedings (cases B and C), the average processing time is approx. 10 weeks. Please take this time into account when planning your studies.


Academic Affairs
Universitaetsplatz 3a 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1170
Mobile:During opening hours please take hindered availability into account! You can call us also prior and after our opening hours.


Opening hours:
Monday: 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.*
Thursday: 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
*Closed on Wednesdays during semester breaks as well as days free of classes and exams.

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