Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences (GESS), University of Mannheim

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The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim specializes in programs in Business, Economics, and Social Sciences.

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.

Within our three Doctoral Centers we offer 11 PhD Programs:

Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB):

Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE):

Center for Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences (CDSS):



  • #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
  • Take advantage of your 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


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Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences, University of Mannheim

Mannheim, DE