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This page provides key information about applying to study on a doctorate programme at BSBI, and contains links to all of our procedures and admissions policies. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application. 

BSBI welcomes applications from highly motivated students who show a genuine commitment to their academic achievement. Successful applicants must also demonstrate advanced proficiency in English, allowing them to participate fully in group discussions and writing assignments. 

Entry Requirements


  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution in a business related discipline;
  • A master’s degree or a Level 7 postgraduate qualification, or an MBA from a recognised Institution.

Applicants with degrees in other disciplines and applicants with no bachelor’s or master’s degree, but with other academic qualifications and significant professional experience at executive level are also welcome to apply. Their acceptance might be subject to successfully sitting to an entrance test and an interview.

Research proposal:

Applicants will also have to submit a detailed research proposal which will include:

  • Research topic rationale
  • Aims and objectives
  • Primary and secondary research questions
  • Methodology
  • Research structure and design
  • Initial literature review
  • IELTS 7.0 (not less than 6.0 in any component) or equivalent test.

English proficiency requirements can be waived for:

  • Native English speakers, applicants who completed their education in English (such as a high school diploma or IB)
  • Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English-speaking country.  
  • Medium of Instruction letter for a qualification awarded within the last 5 years. 
  • West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) as proof of English for applicants from West Africa, namely Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone (with conditions*).
  • WAEC English Language component must be at level C6 or above.

*According to the Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO admission criteria. 

Admissions Process

Supporting documents:

You must always submit your documents in the official language of the country where you studied. If this language is not English, you must also provide an official translation. This translation should be in English.

  • School leaving certificate
  • Certificates and diplomas of your completed degree from an internationally recognised higher education institution (university or university college)
  • Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each semester included in your degree
  • Letter of motivation (1 page)
  • CV/résumé
  • Two reference letters
  • Recent passport size photograph (professional, in colour with bright background)
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Complete application form

We will notify you of our admission decision within 10 working days after receiving your application. There are 3 possible outcomes:

1. You’ve been accepted

You will receive an official unconditional offer letter if you provide all required documents and satisfied all entry requirements.

2. You’ve been conditionally accepted

You will receive an official conditional offer letter where we will ask you to provide additional evidence to support your application. After receiving additional documents from you we will review you application and inform you about our decision.

3. Your application has been rejected

You will receive an official rejection letter if you have not satisfied programme entry requirements.

In case of your acceptance, we will provide you with an unconditional offer letter as well as two copies of your study contract. One copy needs to be signed and returned within four weeks to secure your spot on the programme. You should keep the other copy for your own records.

In order to be accepted onto the study programme, you will be required to pay a deposit of €2,000 of the first academic year fees. This is due upon signing the study contract.

Once you have accepted our Offer of Admission, we will produce an admissions letter confirming your place on the programme.

If you are a non-EU national, you are required to apply for a student visa in order to start your studies in Germany. To obtain admissions letter from BSBI to support your visa application, you will need to take the following steps:

1. Send us your signed study contract

2. Transfer a minimum deposit of €2,000 from the total tuition fee

Students within the European Union (including Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein) do not require a German student visa.

Students from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, and South Korea also do not need a visa to study in Germany. However, you will need to register at the local Residents’ Registration Office and the Aliens’ Registration Office (Ausländeramt) to obtain a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) within two weeks of arrival in the country.

If you are from a country not listed above, you will need a student visa for Germany. You must apply for this in the local German embassy or consulate in your home country.

Once you receive your admissions letter, you can apply for a student visa immediately. This visa is usually issued for a period of 90 days. If you have to stay more than 3 months, you MUST apply at the Alien Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) in Berlin to get the proper residence permit: “Aufenthaltstitel/Aufenthaltsgenehmigung”.

Online Application Form

Thank you for applying to Berlin School of Business and Innovation. You can login at any time to continue working on your application. Supporting documents should be attached electronically to your application. Here's how it works:

  1. Create an account with a personal login and password here
  2. Select the programme and intake you want to apply for
  3. Complete all sections of the online application
  4. Submit online application
  5. Our Admissions Team will liaise with you regarding next steps