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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 a doctoral degree in Business, Economics and the Social Sciences.

Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to apply for the full-time PhD Programs starting in September 2022. Up to 55 scholarships will be offered to the 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 and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS)

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Political Science

Benefit from an internationally recognized teaching and training concept, which will lay the foundations for a successful research career. 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 in Business and Economics and Social Sciences – Times Higher Education Ranking 2022 (ranking by subject)
  • #1 in Germany in Finance and #2 in Business Administration and Political Science – Shanghai Ranking 2021 (ranking by subject)
  • #1 in Germany for Business and Management, Economics and Econometrics, and Accounting and Finance – QS University Rankings 2021 (ranking by subject)

Discover GESS:

  • All PhD Programs in English
  • Benefit from generous monthly scholarships
  • Work on your research in collaboration with internationally recognized professors
  • Enjoy access to major data bases and excellent libraries
  • Gain new insights from research stays with partner universities worldwide
  • Work in a modern office space
  • Receive your personal laptop and software
  • Profit from our structured course program and skills courses in teaching, academic writing and presenting
  • Boost your career options with a professional job market training
  • No tuition fees – government funded first-class education

How to apply:

Please apply via our online application portal which is open from mid-November 2021.

Application requirements

  1. Master’s degree (research oriented) 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, 2022.

If you would like to be considered for early offers, please complete and submit your application by January 15, 2022.

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, 2022.

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

Do not miss this unique opportunity to become part of a leading doctoral program and APPLY NOW.

We are looking forward to your application!

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