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 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 databases 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


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

Mannheim, DE