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Pursuing a Doctorate

During the preparatory phase of a doctorate, you and your doctoral candidate should discuss the different approaches to pursuing a doctoral degree, and determine which option is most suitable.

  • Structured Doctoral Programs

    The University of Mannheim offers doctoral candidates in the fields of Economics, Business Administration, and Social Sciences the opportunity to earn their doctorate through a structured doctoral program at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS). Structured doctoral programs are similar to PhD programs in English-speaking countries. Doctoral candidates completing this type of program attend mandatory, interdisciplinary methods courses during the first one to two years of the program.

    For further information on doctoral studies at the Graduate School, please visit the GESS’ website or send an e-mail to gess(at)

  • Individual Doctoral Studies

    Individual doctoral study is the more traditional path to a doctorate, and remains the most frequently chosen approach. This type of doctorate requires doctoral candidates to find a supervisor with the appropriate specialization. While pursuing their doctorate, candidates work, for example, as academic staff members at a chair or in an externally-funded project, receive a scholarship, or are employed by an external company. 

    There is no standardized program of study for candidates who choose this type of doctorate. Doctoral candidates and their supervisors determine any further training measures. Please contact the relevant person in your dean's office if you have any formal questions on doctorates.

    Daria Gruber


    Sekretärin des Dekans, Promotionen, Habilitationen
    University of Mannheim
    Fakultät für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsmathematik
    B 6, 26
    Gebäudeteil B – Room B 1.02
    68159 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 181-2422
    Fax: +49 621 181-2423
    E-mail: sekretariat(at)
    Mon–Thu 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Andrea Magin


    Office Clerk Habilitations procedures, Lectureships, Teaching load bills
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences
    A 5, 6
    Building A – Room A 408
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon–Wed and Fri 10 a.m.–noon
    Sylvia Rosenkranz


    University of Mannheim
    Abteilung Volkswirtschaftslehre L 7, 3-5 – Room 4.22
    68161 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 181-1776
    Fax: +49 621 181-1774
    E-mail: rosenkranz(at)
    Claudia Brendel


    Sekretariat, Berufungen, Doktoranden und Koordination Graduiertenschule
    University of Mannheim
    Philosophische Fakultät Kaiserring 14-16 – Room 616
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon to Wed and Fri 9:00 to 12:00 a.m.
    Mon and Wed 14:00 to 16:00
    NEW: Thu 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. (B6, 30–32, Room 049)
    Elke Diers, Dipl. Verw. BW


    Office Clerk
    University of Mannheim
    Abteilung Rechtswissenschaft
    Schloss Westflügel – Room W 218
    68131 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 181-1311
    Fax: +49 621 181-1318
    E-mail: diers(at)
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon–Thu 09:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 01:30–04:00 p.m., Fri 09:00 a.m. – noon
    Natalie Holm, Dipl.-Kffr.


    Doctoral Student Advisor, Program Manager MMBR, Commencement Ceremony
    University of Mannheim
    Dean's Office Business School
    L 5, 5 – Room 203 (2nd floor)
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    on appointment