The Hertie School collaborates with the "Berlin School of Economics" (BSE), a joint programme with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research). It provides a structured career development programme for junior economists.

The Berlin School of Economics PhD Program unites the successful Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS) and German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) Graduate Center programs and incorporates the best of both in a single career development program.

The BSE PhD Program offers four tracks: PhD in Economics and three business tracks (PhD in Accounting, PhD in Finance, and PhD in Management).

BSE has a separate application process. The next call for applications starts on 15 November 2020 and ends on 15 February 2021 for admission to the PhD programme on 1 October 2021.