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The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim

PhD in Business, Economics and Social Sciences – 55 scholarships available

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim offers excellent opportunities for academically talented and highly motivated students with a quantitative orientation to pursue their doctoral degree in Business, Economics and the Social Sciences.

Qualified graduates are encouraged to apply for the full-time PhD Programs starting in September 2020. Up to 55 scholarships will be offered to most qualified applicants.

Within our three Doctoral Centers we offer 11 PhD Programs:

Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB)

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Taxation

Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE)

  • Economics

Center for Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences (CDSS)

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Political Science

Benefit from an internationally recognized teaching and training concept, which will lay the foundations for a successful career as an independent researcher. Our focus is on empirical and quantitative methods and their application to Business, Economics, and Social Sciences. Conduct research in a unique environment across the program disciplines. Our courses are taught by distinguished and dedicated faculty members. Our excellent libraries will support you with your research.


  • #1 in Germany for Business, Economics and Social Sciences – QS University Rankings 2019
  • #1 in Germany, #4 in Europe and #33 worldwide in Business and Economics – Times Higher Education Ranking 2019 (ranking by subject)
  • #1 in Germany for Business Administration and Political Science and #2 in Finance and Communication – Shanghai Ranking 2019

Discover GESS:

  • All PhD Programs in English
  • Benefit from generous monthly scholarships
  • Engage with internationally recognized professors
  • Gain new insights from research stays with partner universities worldwide
  • Work in a modern office space in a brand new building
  • Enjoy your personal new laptop and software
  • Profit from our skills courses such as teaching, academic writing and presenting
  • Boost your career options with dedicated job market training
  • No tuition fees – government funded first-class education

How to apply:

Please apply via our online application portal which will be open from mid November 2019.

Entry requirements

  1. Master’s degree (research oriented) or excellent Bachelor’s degree in the respective field
  2. Letter of motivation describing why you want to join one of our programs
  3. Two letters of recommendation from university professors
  4. Test scores:
    Business Program: GMAT or GRE (preferably GMAT)
    Economics Program: GRE
    Social Sciences Program: TOEFL
  5. Writing sample (e.g. a paper you have written during your studies)

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020.

If you would like to be considered for early offers, please complete and submit your application by:

  • January 15, 2020 for the program in Economics or
  • January 31, 2020 for the programs in Business and Social Sciences.

Applications from candidates that are not accepted in the early round will be reconsidered with all other applications after the final deadline of March 31, 2020.

Please visit our website for full details about the programs and admission requirements.

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