PhD Accounting, Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, Germany

Publish Date: Feb 09, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016


The doctoral program in Accounting is a competitive doctoral program covering the fields of Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Auditing. The uniquely rich curriculum provides doctoral students with core competencies in analytical, empirical, and normative research methods as well as a profound knowledge of the relevant institutional details in their field. It also offers links to other disciplines including law and finance and integrates them into a coherent curriculum conforming to top international standards.

Being part of the area „Accounting & Taxation“ at the Business School of the University of Mannheim (Daske, Kunz, Schreiber, Simons, Spengel, Voget, Wüstemann), the accounting department belongs to one of the top-ranked business departments in Germany. The members of the area conduct, on a high international level, scientific research as well as applied research contributing to the industry, standard-setting, and politics.

Admission to the CDSB Program

General Information

Ph.D. programs at the CDSB:

  • The application deadline is March 31, 2016, for the fall 2016 intake. Applications can be submitted from November 2015, and there is an early admission deadline on January 31, 2016.
  • Applications from candidates who are not accepted in the early round will be reviewed again with all other applications after March 31.
  • The prerequisite for admission is a master’s degree or a four-year bachelor's degree in the respective field or equivalent.

Business Research programs at the CDSB:

  • The application deadline is March 31, 2016, for the fall 2016 intake. Applications can be submitted from November 2015.
  • The prerequisite for admission is enrollment in the Mannheim Master in Management of the Business School at the University of Mannheim and average grades of all master courses of the first semester: 2.0 or better.

We solely offer online application and applicants must submit their information and documents through our online application portal - Applications sent in via mail will not be considered.

Admission is based purely on academic performance and potential.

Application Documents

The following information is required for an application:

  • Personal data
  • Letter of motivation: Please provide a statement explaining your current goals, career plans, and reasons for being interested in the Ph.D. program in Business. Discuss your study plans and your fields of interest. Your statement should be in English and not exceed 700 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 enter or upload test scores on the online application. 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 is relevant to your application.

Online Application

In order to make the application process as convenient as possible for you, we offer an online application portal -, which is available from November 2015, on.

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