The Berlin School of Economics (BSE) unites Berlin‘s career development programs at the PhD and Postdoc levels in a single and unique structure. It combines three pre-existing, very successful career development programs: the doctoral programs DIW Graduate Center (DIW GC) and the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS), and the Berlin-wide research associates program Berlin Economics Research Associates (BERA).

The BSE’s doctoral program offers four PhD tracks that are highly compatible with each other and allow numerous specializations: Economics, Accounting, Finance and Management. The doctoral program provides outstanding doctoral students with a vibrant, intensively networked research community and a training structure that will develop their talents in a unique combination of high-level academic and applied research. During the course phase of three semesters, students deepen their knowledge of economic theory, applied economics, business studies, econometrics, and economic policy. During the three-year research phase, students write their doctoral theses while having the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the professional research environment that is provided at Berlin universities and research institutes participating in the BSE:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin    Freie Universität Berlin   Technische Universität Berlin     University of Potsdam

 European School of Management and Technology   Social Science Research Center Berlin  Hertie School

The research associates program recruits its members from the international junior market for new PhD graduates. The program provides a mentoring program and multiple support structures for research activities, travel, and skills development of its members.

Both programs are connected to all major research activities of the participating institutions. A large number of research seminars, workshop series, masterclasses and short courses provide an abundance of new inputs.

The BSE rests on long-running efforts of a highly collegiate work environment in Berlin’s economic research institutions. Past success include a very strong list of placements. The alumni of the BSE’s predecessor programs already form a strong professional network