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Admission Business (CDSB)

Admission to the CDSB Program

General Information

PhD programs at the CDSB:

  • The application deadline is 31 March 2022 for the Fall 2022 intake. Applications can be submitted from mid-November 2021, and there is an early application deadline on 15 January 2022.
  • Applications from candidates who are not accepted in the early round will be reviewed again with all other applications after 31 March 2022.
  • The prerequisite for admission is a master’s degree or a four year bachelor's degree in the respective field or equivalent.


We solely offer online application and applicants must submit their information and documents through our online application portal. Applications sent in via mail will not be considered.

Admission is based purely on academic performance and potential.


Application Documents

The following information is required for an application:

  • Personal data
  • Letter of motivation: Please provide a statement explaining your current goals, career plans and reasons for being interested in the doctoral program in Business. Discuss your study plans and your fields of interest. Your statement should be in English and not exceed 500 words.
  • Certificates and transcripts of grades: A transcript from each college or university is required. The degree certificate is not sufficient. The transcript should show courses, grades and degrees received, mentioning rank or distinction if applicable. A translation is required for any transcript in a language other than English or German. At this stage of the application process it is not necessary to notarize or apostil the translations. If you are accepted we need notarized translations. An apostil is not necessary. If you have not yet finished your current degree, please attach a preliminary grade report (again in English or German).
  • GMAT (or GRE): All applicants must upload their test taker's copy in the online application as well as send it via the testing service. While GMAT is the preferred test, adequate GRE scores may be handed in alternatively. There is no minimum required score. Ask the GMAT Customer Service to report your test scores using the following program code: VLC-95-89 (or the Educational Testing Service using the program code: 0933).
  • Letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required from faculty who are able to assess your academic ability and potential.
  • Writing sample: Please attach a writing sample in English or German, e.g., a paper you have written during your studies.
  • Any supplementary information relevant to your application.


Online Application

In order to make the application process as convenient as possible for you, we offer an online application portal, which is available from mid November.

Apply here:  online application portal



Application to the Business Research Program (only available for students of the Mannheim Master in Management)

Highly qualified MMM students who wish to start their doctoral studies within their second Master year can apply for the Business Research Program.

Application details can be found in the respective study regulation

Application Deadline: 15 May, 2022