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Doctoral programmes

Admission to a doctorate’s program is generally possible all year round. However, 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.

First-time admission to a doctoral program for WS 22/23 is possible from July 11 to November 30, 2022.
In order to ensure that an admission as well as the required payment can be completed in time, it is strongly recommended to contact the Admissions Office at least one week before the deadline.

Attention: For the re-registration of existing doctoral studies as well as the continuation of doctoral studies already admitted once, the deadline for WS 22/23 is October 31, 2022!

In order to document the course of studies and possible creditability of further subject-relevant achievements, a proof of completion of the Bachelor's program or further subject-relevant examinations/courses of other studies of post-secondary educational institutions can also be attached to the application.

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
There are no appointments!


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 Karl-Franzens-Universität 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 preliminary studies at another Austrian educational institution, you have to present your original documents for your first enrollment. To make an appointment, please contact zulassung.doktorat(at)uni-graz.at  or +43 (0)316 380-1163.


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.

Please submit an application for admission to the doctoral program

The following documents must be enclosed with the application:

Proof of completed studies (e.g. award notification, graduation notification, diploma)

Proof of passed exams (e.g. proof of success, transcript of records, collective report, diploma supplement, examination list and examination content)

Summary of the thesis (e.g. abstract)

Depending on the faculty, the following must also be enclosed with the application:

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

• Doctorate NAWI:

o Form "Registration for doctoral studies" & abstract of the planned dissertation

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

• Doctorate SOWI:

o List of contents and bibliography of the diploma or master's thesis

o if “compulsory elective subject” is stated in the transcript: Certificate of title and type of course

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

In order to document the course of studies and possible creditability of further subject-relevant achievements, a proof of completion of the Bachelor's program or further subject-relevant examinations/courses of other studies of post-secondary educational institutions can also be attached to the application.

You can send the application together with the necessary application attachments by email to zulassung.doktorat(at)uni-graz.at. In the case of admission, the original documents must be submitted at the latest when enrolling.

It is sufficient to submit the documents in German (alternatively English).

If you have completed further subject-related exams / courses in other studies at post-secondary educational institutions (with the exception of bachelor’s programs), please also enclose this evidence with the application (possible requirements could be reduced).

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 (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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