Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences

Doctoral Programs in:



Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Accounting & Taxation
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Information Systems
  •  Economics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim provides graduate training in empirical and quantitative methods as well as their application to business, economics, and the social sciences. Its mission is to train young academics according to best international practice with a strong focus on excellence in research. The GESS has successfully established an internationally competitive structural doctoral pro gram contributing to the strong scientific reputation of the University of Mannheim. Students educated at the GESS have taken up assistant professorships and post-doc positions at interna tionally leading academic institutions as well as positions in renowned international organiza tions and in the private sector. The vision of the GESS is to fully deliver the promise of excellence and to ensure that the GESS becomes a European leader providing top-level research and education in economics and the social sciences.

The GESS integrates the disciplines of business, economics and the social sciences into a co herent curriculum. It comprises 

•  the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB),  Academic Director: Dirk Simons;
•  the Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE), Academic Director: Volker Nocke;
• the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS), Academic Director: Thomas Bräuninger .

The school’s premise is that excellence in research can only be achieved through excellence in a given discipline. For this reason, each doctoral center fo cuses primarily on achieving excellence in research in its own discipline. At the same time, teaching and research in the graduate school emphasizes those central methodological and quantitative-empirical blocks that are shared among the participating disciplines, as well as the substantive application areas that connect to more than one branch of modern economic and social sciences, thereby creating a coherent structure without compromising on quality in specialized research. The GESS is unique in Germany and one of the few graduate schools worldwide that fosters the exchange of ideas, methods and research-approaches across the boundaries of the economic and social sciences and provides students with an enlarged scien tific vision in a critical phase of their scientific socialization.



Ms Anne Kascha
Managing Director
Phone: +49 621 / 181-1751
Email: kascha [at]

Ms Marion Lehnert
Team Assistant
Phone: +49 621 / 181-2034
Fax: +49 621 / 181-2042
Email: GESS [at]

Office hours:
Monday, 2pm-4pm
Tuesday, 2pm-4pm
Wednesday, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
Thursday, 9am-12pm
Friday, 10am-12pm
Mailing Address:
Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences
University of Mannheim
L 9, 7, Rooms: 4.01 to 4.10
68131 Mannheim

Address (for courier services)
L9, 7 room 408
68161 Mannheim
 campus map 


Best Jobmarket Paper in Economics Award for CDSE student Stefan Weiergräber


CDSE: core course exam schedule for fall 2014


Award for CDSE students Andreas Dzemski and Florian Sarnetzki


GESS Guest Lecture Eytan Sheshinski


GESS welcomes new PhD students and CDSS Professor


Award for Outstanding Research for CDSB Student Esad Smajlbegovic


Best Paper Award for CDSS Students Sebastian Pink and Lars Leszczensky


Demography Prize awarded to CDSS students Elias Naumann & Moritz Hess


CDSB student Benedikt Franke received the Best Conference Paper Award by the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)


CDSS PhD candidate Benjamin Engst to visit Emory University for research on judicialization of politics