Photo credit: Felix Zeiffer

Ways towards a Doctoral Degree

At the Business School, there are two ways of working towards a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. pol.).

During the GESS course program I acquired advanced theoretical and methodological skills in Econometrics and Finance. It was an excellent starting point for my own research projects. The GESS is a great opportunity to get to know PhD students from different areas.

Leah Zimmerer, GESS, CDSB – Ph.D. Program in Finance / Foto: Stefan Leifken

A doctoral education at a Chair allows for a lot of flexibility and offers room for development. Our team of young and dynamic researchers is highly motivated. It is great to exchange opinions with my fellows and start joint projects.

Ann-Catherin Werner, former doctoral candidate, Prof. Spengel / Photo: Felix Zeiffer

Pursuing my PhD at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.

Prof. Qiang Guo, University of Southern Denmark / Photo: Kirstin Niedernolte

After completing the Mannheim Master of Management (MMM), the doctorate at the chair offers an excellent opportunity to expand my academic education in a target-oriented and individual way. In particular, the continuous scientific discourse with colleagues and the exchange with students within the scope of my teaching activities enrich my work in a sustainable way.

Simon Thimmel, doctoral candidate, Prof. Helmig / Foto: Xenia Münsterkötter

Doctoral Program at the CDSB

The Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) offers Ph.D. programs in the Areas of:

Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Taxation.

Doctoral Program at a Chair

If you are interested in a doctorate at one of our chairs, please contact the respective chair directly and ask for information concerning the position as a research assistant (you would be working at the chair) or the possibility of an external doctorate.


Natalie Holm, Dipl.-Kffr.

Natalie Holm, Dipl.-Kffr.

Doctoral Student Advisor, Program Manager MMBR, Commencement Ceremonies
University of Mannheim
Dean's Office Business School
L 5, 5 – Room 203 (2nd floor)
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
on appointment