Admission to the Ph.D. programme in Organisation Studies and Cultural Theory (DOK)

The Ph.D. programme in Organisation Studies and Cultural Theory is organised by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in conjunction with the School of Management. The programme language is German and/or English.


You can apply for Ph.D. studies in Organisation Studies and Cultural Theory if you hold an equivalent  Master's degree in economic sciences, social sciences or law from a recognised university, or in a discipline related to those taught at the HSG’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. A minimum average grade of 5.00 (not rounded) is required. This is equivalent to a minimum average grade of 2.00 (not rounded) in Germany and Austria. For more information about how we calculate grades, please consult our grade conversion table.

Depending on your previous university degree, additional programme-specific requirements  may be imposed upon admission.

Admission to our doctoral programmes is not possible with a degree from a University of Applied Sciences or a degree from a tertiary education institution equivalent to a University of Applied Sciences. Admission to our doctoral programmes is not possible with a degree from a tertiary education institution without the right to award doctorates.
Admission is also not possible based on an MBA degree.

Your degree programme will be recognised if among other the following criteria are fulfilled:

  • Your degree was awarded by a university, which is recognised in the country where you attended the course.
  • You have completed all course work at a recognised or accredited university.
  • You have completed at least half of the course work onsite at the university awarding the degree.
  • You fulfil the minimum requirements for unconditional admission to Ph.D. studies at your home university.

More information on the recognition of universities and university degrees.

We would be happy to give you non-binding pre-clarification whether your previous education entitles you to apply for a Ph.D. programme. So that we can do this, please send scanned copies of all your grade transcripts and certificates together with a short CV by email to

As soon as we have received your complete application, we will check whether all the formal criteria for admission to the Ph.D. programme are fulfilled. Once you have received a positive reply, you must find a professor who is willing to act as your doctoral supervisor. Please note that the Admissions and Ph.D. Offices will not put you in touch with professors.

As soon as you have found your prospective doctoral supervisor, he/she must submit the completed "PhD Agreement" form to the Ph.D. Office. Please note that you, as the applicant, are responsible for the timely submission of the form. If we do not receive the letter of recommendation mentioned above by the end of the application period, admission to the Ph.D. programme will not be possible.

The Decision of the Programme Committee

Admission to the Ph.D. Programme is based on Programme Committee’s evaluation of your submitted application documents ("sur dossier") after receipt of the letter of recommendation.


The Ph.D. programme in Organisation Studies and Cultural Theory starts in Autumn Semester. Exceptions to start in Spring Semester may be possible. Please contact the Executive Director.

The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.

Autumn semester application period: 1 February - 30 April (*- 15 August)
*A longer registration period for assistants and applicants with an HSG Master's degree.

To the Online-Application

If you have already finished a degree programme at HSG and if you have been exmatriculated for maximum two semesters, please apply using the 
Rematriculation form

Please have the following information and documents ready to upload:

  • Digital passport photo
  • Signed Enrolment Agreement
  • Passport or ID card and, if applicable, a Swiss (permanent) residence permit
  • Curriculum vitae in English – style template
  • DOK letter of motivation
  • Degree certificates from each university attended (including exchange programmes and "transcripts of records" from unfinished programmes of study). In the case of joint degrees, transcripts from each university attended, including explanatory notes on the programme of study, must be submitted. A degree certificate must show definitive final grades including a complete overview of performance (academic transcript). In the event that the actual degree certificate is still unavailable when submitting your final grade certificates, the wording of the final grade certificates must unequivocally demonstrate the objective fact of your graduation together with the academic degree (e.g. degree awarded, graduated, degree granted).
  • Documents to support the fact that admission to Ph.D. studies at your home university would be possible.

If any of the documents are not issued in German, French, Italian or English, you must also submit a certified translation of the document in German or English. Please observe our guidelines regarding "documents to be submitted" and "translations" in the Directive on the Implementing provisions of the admission regulations.

Only one file can be uploaded per bullet point. You can use online tools such as to create PDF files or to combine several pages into one PDF file. Make sure the files you send to us are legible so that we can process your application without delay.

Swiss citizens need their Swiss social insurance number (AHV number) for the application. If you do not know your insurance number, please order a duplicate of your insurance certificate from the Swiss Central Compensation Office in good time.


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Questions about application / degree course:
Ph.D Office
+41 71 224 22 20

Questions about admission regulations / preliminary review:
University of St.Gallen
+41 71 224 39 31
Tue.-Thu. 10:00 am - 11:30 am