"The CDSB program offered me the excellent opportunity to deepen and expand my knowledge of quantitative methods, laying the foundations for my research projects." Axel Franz, CDSB

Center for Doctoral Studies in Business

The Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) administers the PhD program at the Business School of the University of Mannheim.
The CDSB is supported by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and by private donors.
The PhD program is taught and administered in English. Admission is based purely on merit and open to excellent students holding either a four year Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree. Admitted students receive a scholarship and there is no tuition fee. CDSB students are financed by a scholarship during the first 14 months (1.200 €/month) of their studies. Afterwards, students are either funded by a continuation scholarship or teaching/research assistantships at the University of Mannheim. Students are also encouraged to actively pursue external funding options themselves.

Recent graduates of the program have published in top academic journals, e.g. the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and have obtained academic positions at top European departments (e.g. Tilburg University; University of St. Gallen; Erasmus University Rotterdam; University of Warwick) and in the U.S. (e.g. University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon University). Detailed placement information is available in the CDSB Alumni section.