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Admission to the CDSB Program

The application deadline is 31 March 2024 for the Fall 2024 intake. Applications can be submitted from mid-November 2023, and there is an early application deadline on 15 January 2024.

Applications from candidates who are not accepted in the early round will be reviewed again with all other applications after 31 March 2024.

The prerequisite for admission is a master’s degree or a four year bachelor's degree in the respective field or equivalent.

Admission is based purely on academic performance and potential. Applications sent in via mail will not be considered.

Online application portal

Application documents

The following information is required for an application:

  • Personal data

    Name, address, date of birth etc.

  • 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.



Admission to the Business Research Option as part of the Mannheim Master in Management

Students of the Mannheim Master in Management have the option to take part in the CDSB first-year program via the Mannheim Master in Management – Program Option “Business Research”. 

Please find the application details in the respective study regulation. Application Deadline is 15 May 2024.


Sophia Sonja Guthier

Sophia Sonja Guthier (she/her)

Center Manager CDSB
University of Mannheim
Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences
B 6, 30–32
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
By appointment only.

Working days: Mo–Thur
Mo–Tue: 9 AM – 4 PM (Office)
Marion Lehnert

Marion Lehnert

Team Assistant GESS
University of Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181-2034
Fax: +49 621 181-2042
E-mail: gess.officemail-uni-mannheim.de
Consultation hour(s):
Please make an appointment.
Tue and Thu: 9 am – 4 pm
Kirstin Niedernolte

Kirstin Niedernolte

Center Manager CDSB
University of Mannheim