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Doctoral Program in Sociology

The Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) offers a three-year doctoral program in Sociology. The CDSS is part of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim. The graduate school provides doctoral training in empirical and quantitative methods and their application to business, economics, and the social sciences. GESS is funded by the "Excellence Initiative", a competitive funding program run by the German federal and state governments to promote top-level research in Germany. This financial support is a clear mark of confidence in the graduate school's programs as a pioneering approach to doctoral training in Germany.

The program provides graduate training to prepare students for successful academic careers at research universities and institutes. Doctoral students find a variety of specialized courses which are taught by an internationally renowned school. The permanent staff consists of more than 35 professors and is regularly joined by visiting professors and outside speakers that present and discuss current research work.

The program offers training in three fields of specialization: Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. It is designed to be completed within 3 years of full-time study. Each field of specialization has a course program that provides students with the background  to engage in independent and professional research and publication. Students can choose from a variety of electives offered by the CDSS or the Centers for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) and Economics (CDSE). The CDSS and the School of Social Sciences of the University of Mannheim are renowned for their quantitative and analytical orientation. Over the recent years, the CDSS has established an impressive track record of placing its doctoral graduates into academic and non-academic positions. CDSS students have published their research in numerous leading journals.

Admitted doctoral students receive 3 years of funding which are usually coupled with research or teaching assistantships in the 2nd and 3rd year. Office space, research, conference travel and IT support are provided.

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Alternative Doctoral Degree

In addition to the structured doctoral program offered by the Graduate School CDSS, the School of Social Sciences also offers the opportunity of acquiring a doctoral degree under the supervision of a member of the school. Prospective doctoral students interested in this alternative should consult the job announcements of the School of Social Sciences and its affiliated research institutes or consult a member of the school that might serve as a potential supervisor for the doctoral dissertation project.