Obtaining a Doctoral Degree from JGU

At Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), doctoral degrees can be obtained in a variety of disciplines: protestant and catholic theology, management and economics or law, medicine and dentistry, humanities and social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, sports, art theory or art education as well as music theory and music education.

Admission Requirements

Before embarking on the pursuit of a doctorate, information on the applicable admission requirements should first be gathered. These are laid down in the doctoral degree regulations of the faculties and institutions and provide information on, among other aspects, the admissible university degrees, possible exceptions and the group of people entitled to supervise. Moreover, additional formalities have to be followed in order to enroll as a doctoral student. This applies in particular to prospective doctoral candidates holding degrees which they obtained abroad.

The admission to the structured postgraduate programs is, as a supplement to the admission requirements set by JGU, subject to special application procedures. The respective postgraduate programs, postgraduate research training groups and schools provide further information on these procedures.


According to Section 34 of the Higher Education Act of Rhineland-Palatinate, doctoral candidates at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz are required to register. The registration is carried out online in JOGU-StINe.

Together with the registration process candidates also formally apply to be accepted as a doctoral candidate of JGU. Further information is to be found here.


Enrollment as doctoral student is voluntary. The status as student provides you with certain rights (e.g. semester ticket, student right to vote) and obligations (e.g. payment of the semester fee).


JGU does not charge any tuition fees for the doctorate. At the end of the doctoral phase a one-time doctoral fee has to be paid. The applicable statutory provisions (in German only) at state level stipulate the amount, due date, reduction of or exemption from this doctoral fee.
Of course, living costs and other expenses related to the doctorate have to be covered, however. There are various possibilities to cover these costs (see "Funding").