The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) is unique in Germany and one of the few graduate schools worldwide which foster the exchange of ideas, methods and approaches to research across the boundaries of the economic and the social sciences. It provides students with an enlarged scientific vision in a critical phase of their academic socialization and at the same time enables them to achieve excellence in their own field of research. Taking part in one of the PhD programs at the GESS prepares students for academic positions at leading universities and institutions around the world.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • Supervision of internationally renowned professors.
  • No tuition fees and guaranteed financial support.
  • A vibrant and international research community.



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.

Our 11 full-time three to five year PhD programs provide access to world-class teaching and a vibrant and international faculty at the forefront of cutting-edge research. All of our programs are characterized by focusing on achieving excellence in research in its own discipline. At the same time our program structure encourages to exchange ideas, methods and approaches to research across the boundaries of the economic and social sciences.


All of our programs are designed to prepare you for an academic career at leading international universities and research institutions. To achieve this, we are offering an excellent and stimulating research environment featuring internationally renowned faculty members, a diversified study body and generous funding which allows you to fully focus on your research!

Building on the strong academic standing of the University of Mannheim in the economic and social sciences, our graduates are currently enriching some of the best departments and research facilities worldwide as professors, assistant professors or post-docs.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (7)
Social Sciences (4)


Student services

The Welcome Center of the University of Mannheim is the central consultation and service point for international students and researchers. It gives advice on issues such as immigration, housing, practical training and transactions with foreign governments.

Housing services

The Studierendenwerk Mannheim offers 3,150 rooms and flats in student residential houses.

Library services

The Mannheim University Library provides more than 100 million books, e-books, journals, magazines, papers, and DVDs.

ICT services

First-class IT systems and software

Student Life

Campus life

The GESS is located in the heart of the city of Mannheim. Most parts of the University of Mannheim are housed in one of the largest baroque palaces in Europe.

The city of Mannheim is a major urban center in the vibrant metropolitan area of the Rhine-Neckar-Triangle. Together with Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen this region constitutes 2,4 million inhabitants, a great infrastructure and businesses that are active on a global scale. Mannheim is surrounded by low mountain ranges that belong to one of the most famous wine growing regions in Germany, the Electoral Palatinate.

Sports facilities

The University of Mannheim is offering a broad range of athletic and fitness facilities. GESS students will have easy access to activities, classes and equipment.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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