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

Publish Date: Feb 09, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016


The Taxation program puts special emphasis on the demanding quantitative methods which represent the toolkit for state of the art research in this field. The courses of the first semester provide the students with a fundamental knowledge of the relevant mathematical, econometric and microeconomic principles. During the second semester, students are introduced to the core insights and the current research frontier of taxation research. Subsequently, students develop their particular strengths and interests by means of elective courses. The coursework then gradually phases out to create room for the students’ own research agendas.

Graduate students will work closely with researchers affiliated to the newly established ScienceCampus MannheimTax (MaTax) which is a joint initiative of the University of Mannheim and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) for bundling their expertise in tax research across the disciplines of business administration, economics, law, and political science. MaTax researchers contribute  to a wide range of topics in this field including company taxation, public finance, innovation taxation, taxation of the financial sector, tax harmonization in the European Union, international and European tax law, tax competition, behavioral responses to taxation, and tax incidence. For more information on research topics, please consult the individual internet pages (e.g., Andreas Peichl, Christoph Spengel, Clemens Fuest, Friedrich Heinemann, Johannes Voget, Ulrich Schreiber).

Admission to the CDSB Program

General Information

PhD 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 an 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 PhD 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 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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