Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
This is a full-time program which requires personal attendance on the campus. A part-time participation is not possible.
As all courses, lectures and seminars are held in English, you have to speak this language very well. Knowledge of German is only needed for personal day-to-day-conversation. However, foreign students are recommended to attend German language classes in the first Winter term.
Yes, you are welcome to apply even if you have not finished your graduate studies yet. You should finish your graduate studies by September. Please note that any documents issued in a language other than German or English must be submitted for the university enrolment accompanied by a certified translation.
Yes. What matters is that you can demonstrate your analytical/mathematical skills and your command of English. This can be done in many ways, depending on your prior education. Please make sure that you send transcripts of any certificates, diplomas, etc. you have obtained. Nevertheless, the GRE/GMAT/TOEFL tests are strongly recommended for DART applicants.
We expect a very good knowledge of English. Therefore, a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) should have been passed with a good result. Note that the TOEFL-test is not necessary for those applicants who
- are native speakers of English
- have studied at least six months at an English-speaking school or university or
- can prove their proficiency in another way.
The test itself is sufficient but please keep in mind that you may have improved your knowledge of English in the meantime. In this case it would be wise to retake the test in order to achieve a better score.
We do not require you to have the TOEFL and GRE/GMAT organizations to send your test reports to us. You can include a copy of the results in your application. However, in the case that you are admitted, you have to present your original documents prior to registration.
The letter of motivation is not the proposal for the thesis. It should be just a brief and general description of your background, your research interests and career goals. Two or three pages should be enough.
No. Your application to DART does not require prior admission to the PhD-studies. However, you should make sure that you meet the formal requirements for the doctoral studies in social and economic sciences at the respective university at the beginning of the studies.
Yes, students who possess a Master's degree or a university Diploma in a closely related field like finance or economics are also entitled to apply to the doctoral program. In addition, graduates holding a degree in statistics, mathematics or physics are encouraged to apply. However, a solid education in advanced quantitative methods is absolutely necessary for a successful application to DART.
The teaching and research program at DART is designed around state-of-the-art advanced methods of modern accounting. For that reason, applicants need a solid knowledge of quantitative methods to enter the PhD program at DART. We expect you to have skills in calculus and statistics. For instance, in the context of calculus you should be familiar with constrained optimization, linear algebra, and integration. In the field of statistics you should know, for example, basics about hypothesis testing by linear regression models.
No, if you are accepted to the program, you choose your supervisor after the presentation and discussion of your first research idea in the Research Seminar. However, each new doctoral student has an assigned professor as personal mentor for the duration of the first year of the program.
The amount tuition you will be required to pay depends on your citizenship, as treaties exist with certain countries which reduce tuition fees for some international students.
Tuition fees must be paid before the end of the enrolment period for each semester, at enrolment or re-registration for the semester. Books and class materials are not included in the tuition fees.
DART does not charge application assessment fees.
Yes. PhD students who already have funding from other sources (e.g. universities and specific projects) can also apply for DART membership as associated doctoral students. They are subject to the same application procedures and qualification criteria as students with scholarships. Associated doctoral students are fully integrated in the DART curriculum.