Kühne Logistics University (KLU) is a newly-founded research-oriented university. Its mission is to educate future leaders in logistics, supply chain management, and management and to conduct research for the benefit of society. In particular, it seeks to advance scientific knowledge and to apply it in the interrelated fields of logistics and supply chain management, accounting, finance, marketing, and leadership. As the KLU does not yet have the right to grant PhD degrees, respective candidates will be examined and receive their PhD degrees from a cooperating university. To the benefit of respective candidates, the KLU will ensure that such a cooperation is in place for each starting PhD candidate. As an integral part of this mission, KLU is committed to offering PhD courses in logistics and management.
KLU is seeking highly talented candidates from all over the world who want to pursue an academic career and are interested in doing research. KLU will screen every applicant to identify suitable candidates. Exceptional candidates may be awarded with a KLU scholarship.
In accordance with international standards and practices, KLU expects from doctoral candidates who receive a scholarship by the KLU or are funded by third-party projects at KLU that they follow a program composed of four years. The program may complement the one that the candidate has to follow at the cooperating university:
The KLU PhD program provides opportunities for students to work closely with faculty members, which enable them to develop the research and teaching skills necessary to pursue their careers.
During the start-up period Kühne Logistics University cannot grant state accredited PhD degrees in its own right. Up and until receiving this right which will be supported by hiring professors with strong research capabilities, KLU will admit students to its PhD program only if there is a cooperating partner (e.g., from our program faculty) accepting a joint supervision including the examination at his or her university. PhD students will receive a close supervision from a KLU professor and one non-KLU reviewer.
Applications for becoming doctoral students are very competitive. We therefore advise applicants to provide the KLU with the result of a GMAT or GRE test. Applications with a GMAT of less than 650 points or a score of less than 700 for the mathematical part of the GRE cannot be considered at all.
Master’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university and an excellent academic record GMAT with a score of ≥ 650 or GRE with score of ≥ 700* for the mathematical part Test results not older than 3 yearsProof of proficiency in English (Copy of TOEFL or IELTS score)
* Prior score scale 700; current score scale 155
To express their interest to become a PhD student at KLU, candidates have to fill in the PhD Inquiry Form and indicate their research interest (logistics and supply chain management, marketing or leadership), describe their special research interest and outline previous gained knowledge of subject related methodologies. The completed inquiry form, a curriculum vitae and the GMAT/GRE score report should be sent to anja.bartusch(at)the-klu.org.
Only after a positive review by KLU, candidates will be asked to hand in their complete application documents. If not asked to complete the application, the inquiry was rejected. Due to the large number of inquiries KLU will not send out e-mails or letters of rejections to candidates who have not been invited to apply!
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