Graduate School of Economic and 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 doctoral programs in Business, Economics, and Social Sciences. 

Benefit from an internationally recognized teaching and training concept, which will lay the foundation 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 stimulating research 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 in Economics & Econometrics and #2 in Social Sciences – Times Higher Education Ranking 2023 (ranking by subject)
  • #1 in Germany in Finance and Political Science and Business Administration and #2 in Economics – Shanghai Ranking 2022 (ranking by subject)
  • #1 in Germany in Accounting and Finance, Business and Management and #2 in Economics and Econometrics – QS University Rankings 2023 (ranking by subject)

Discover GESS

  • All PhD programs in English.
  • Modern doctoral program with a structured course program and skills courses in teaching, academic writing, and presenting.
  • Guaranteed funding for the duration of the program.
  • Stimulating research environment.
  • Work with internationally recognized professors.
  • Gain new insights from research stays with partner universities worldwide.
  • Enjoy access to major databases and excellent libraries.
  • Modern offices and equipment.
  • Boost your career options with a professional job market training.
  • No tuition fees – government funded first-class education.


Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences
University of Mannheim
B6, 30-32
68131 Mannheim, Germany
Phone: + 49 621 181 2034


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University of Mannheim B6, B6

Mannheim, DE