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Finance, Ph.D. / Dr.

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University rank #157 (WUR) Mannheim, Germany
The curriculum in this Finance programme at Graduate School of Economics and Social Science (GESS) reflects the demanding quantitative methods which are used in the above-mentioned fields and the strong microeconomic foundations. 
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The core courses in this Finance programme from in the first semester are designed to give the students a strong foundation of the relevant mathematical, econometric, and microeconomic principles of finance. 

The courses in mathematics, microeconomics and econometrics are joined courses with the Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics. The course on “Discrete-Time Finance” covers the central problem of how to allocate consumption and investment from a financial point of view, no-arbitrage equilibria, linear pricing rules, pricing kernels, and the change of numéraire.

The core courses in the second semester represent the major subfields of Finance: Individual decision making under a neoclassical and behavioral view, investment-consumption decisions and asset pricing in continuous time, and theoretical and empirical corporate finance problems. 

The course “Econometrics of Financial Markets” extends the common econometrics course to typical financial issues such as the estimation of dynamic market processes, testing asset pricing and market microstructure models, and designing event studies.

Finally, in both semesters students participate in the Finance research seminar series, which features regular presentations by renowned researchers from top universities around the world and allows to get in touch with cutting-edge research from the very first day.

Doctoral Studies abroad

CDSB students regularly take advantage of the opportunity to do part of their doctoral studies abroad. The CDSB does not offer an organized exchange with one particular school. Instead, supervisors regularly organize tailorized visits for CDSB students at internationally well-known institutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Discrete-Time Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Econometrics of Financial Markets
  • Behavioural Finance

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Personal data
  • Letter of motivation
  • Certificates and transcripts of grades
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample

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Living costs for Mannheim

  • 800 - 1100 EUR/month
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