GSERM is proud to announce co-operation with ICPSR

A comprehensive understanding of research methodology is a crucial prerequisite for a successful career in academia.

Our two programs equip doctoral students with advanced methodological skills that will empower them to conduct cutting-edge academic research.

As directors of these programs, we ensure that all courses are taught at the highest level, in terms of both content and delivery. We would be delighted to welcome you in one (or both) of our programs.

Prof. Dr. Saundra K. Schneider

Director, ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

University of Michigan, USA

Prof. Dr. Andreas Herrmann

Director, GSERM Global School in Empirical Research Methods

University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

GSERM Oslo 2017 application portal now open

GSERM Oslo 2017 application portal now open

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BI Norwegian Business School

BI Norwegian Business School

In Oslo, Norway.
Applications welcome as from beginning of September 2016.

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University of St. Gallen

University of St. Gallen

In St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Application for fall session now open!

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University of Ljubljana

University of Ljubljana

In Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Postponed! Visit school site for more information.

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What is GSERM?

The GSERM Global School in Empirical Research Methods is a new flagship programme on methodology at the University of St. Gallen.

It is a new and high-calibre integrated programme teaching methodology for PhD students, postdocs and practitioners from leading universities all over the world.

GSERM offers an attractive course-based learning atmosphere on different aspects of empirical research.


First initiated

under the lead of Academic Directors Prof. Dr. Andreas Herrmann and Prof. Dr. Michael Lechner, GSERM offered 12 high-quality intense block seminars for PhD students and postdocs taught by renowned international faculty.

Due to the enormous success of GSERM with


international participants so far...

GSERM is expanding

32 courses 58 nations
715 students 5355 cups of coffee

What you need to know

Course Structure

GSERM is structured in different modules. Participants select one course per week as these courses are taught concurrently.

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GSERM offers a variety of services to participants, ranging from free beverages and fruit to a sports programme and excursions on weekends.

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Computer Requirements

Some classes will be taught in computer labs. However, private laptops are highly recommended. Be aware of different software requirements depending on courses. Information will follow after application deadline.

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Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Kuno Schedler

Prof. Dr. Saundra Schneider

Prof. Dr. Jan Landwehr

Prof. Dr. Reto Hofstetter

Dr. Martin Einhorn