We welcome applications from qualified and highly-motivated candidates, who would like to join our team as doctoral students. As part of our ambitious and diverse team, you can expect a structured, stimulating and goal-driven doctoral program.
To obtain a doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl, you must be admitted to the doctoral program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB), which is part of the University of Mannheim’s Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences. The CDSB program is a structured doctoral program comprising the following seven areas of specialization: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, and Taxation. Students who wish to complete their doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl must first be accepted as doctoral students of the Management track of the CDSB.
The structured doctoral program is intended to prepare students for performing high-quality research, developing skills for academic writing and publication, and becoming active members of the research community at the University of Mannheim. A key feature of this program is the extensive course catalogue across several disciplines, which ensures that students have many opportunities to develop excellent methodological and conceptual foundations. Not only can students take courses from the seven specializations of the CDSB, but also from the economics and social sciences centers at the Graduate school.
A comprehensive overview of the dissertation process for the Management track can be found here. During the first year, students are required to complete compulsory courses and electives that are designed to provide exposure to theoretical and methodological knowledge required to write their thesis. At the end of the first year, students submit their dissertation proposal. The Admissions and Assessment Committee then evaluates students’ proposals and academic performance in the first year, to decide if a student can continue with the program. If successful, students officially begin work on their thesis in close cooperation with their supervisor. During the second, third and fourth year, students complete required credits from elective and academic writing courses, along with working on their dissertation. In addition, students are expected to actively seek opportunities to present their work at reputable conferences and colloquia.
You can read more about the experience of one of our doctoral students in the CDSB program here.
For queries related to the CDSB doctoral program, please contact Ms. Kirstin Niedernolte (Center Manager, CDSB): cdsbuni-mannheim.de
Admission to the CDSB program is competitive and based purely on merit. The target size of the incoming cohort each year is 15–20 students (across the seven specializations). Applications are open to excellent students holding either a four-year Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree. The following are required as part of your application:
More information on application procedures and the application portal for submitting your application can be found here.
Applicants are also encouraged to take a look at the ongoing Research at our Chair, in order to get an overview of some of the Chair’s core themes and interests.
The important dates for application, admission and enrollment for Fall 2023 are listed below.
There is no tuition fee for pursuing a doctorate at the University of Mannheim. In addition, CDSB students are financed by a scholarship during the first year (currently 1.250 €/month) of their studies. Afterwards, students will be funded through several options, including continuation scholarships, teaching/
The CDSB doctoral program is taught and administered entirely in English. Additionally, the working languages of the Chair of Organization and Innovation are both English and German. Therefore, German language proficiency is not required in order to write your thesis at our Chair.
For accepted students from non-EU countries, documents required for the visa process are provided by the CDSB. Moreover, the Welcome Center of the University of Mannheim offers several services to international doctoral students, including assistance with bureaucratic procedures and translating documents.
If admitted to the doctoral program, two separate enrollment procedures are essential for students. During the first year of the CDSB program, doctoral students must enroll as students of the University of Mannheim. Doctoral students are also required to enroll at the Faculty of Business within 6 months of starting the CDSB program. More information about enrollment and other doctoral procedures at the Faculty of Business is available here.
You can find out more about the University of Mannheim’s current regulations and procedures for completing a doctoral dissertation here. These apply to all students pursuing a doctorate at our Chair. Administrative support for issues related to doctorates is provided by Ms. Natalie Holm (Dean’s office, Faculty of Business): natalie.holmuni-mannheim.de
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