Ph. D. On Campus


University of Mannheim

60 months
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The Economics program at the University of Mannheim, Graduate School of Economics and Social Science (GESS) consists of a two-year course phase and a three-year research phase during which students work on their dissertation. 


In the first year, the Economics students from the University of Mannheim, Graduate School of Economics and Social Science (GESS) must take the compulsory courses in Mathematics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics.


In the second year students attend a number of elective field coursesand hand in their dissertation proposal at the end of the second year. 

From the second year onwards students are required to participate in the weekly CDSE Seminar, where they are supposed to present and act as discussant at least once in the third and subsequent years, and the faculty seminar. 

The department’s faculty seminar is among the best in Europe and every CDSE student should be eager to learn from the distinguished visitors, even if it is not his/her field of specialization.

In the third year students take the program’s English Academic Writing course, a bridge course in the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) or the Center for Doctoral Studies in Behavioral and Social Sciences (CDSS) as well as two electives that support thesis writing . 

Usually students attend the research seminar of their respective field and earn a pass grade and ECTS credit points by presenting their research. However, any elective from the CDSE course catalogue is fine in principle.

Apart from these minimum course requirements after the second year, the third, fourth and fifth year of the program are mainly devoted to the writing of the doctoral thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics 
  • CDSE Seminar
  • Reading Course in Environmental
  • Economics
  • Econometrics Research Seminar
  • Methods and Applications 
  • Market Design: Auctions and Matching
  • Algorithms 
  • Financial Contract Theory 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

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40-46 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The prerequisite for admission is a master’s degree or a four year bachelor's degree in the respective field or equivalent.
    • Personal data
    • Letter of motivation
    • Certificates and transcripts of grades
    • GMAT (or GRE)
    • Writing sample
    • Any supplementary information relevant to your application.

Tuition Fee

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There are no tuitions fees, just a small semester fee of €194.30 Euros per term.

Living costs for Mannheim

800 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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