During the PhD in Economics program at Central European University (CEU), you will develop into an independent researcher, with the ability to contribute to the analysis of fundamental economic questions facing transition and market economies. It will help you perfect your skills with leading economists, choose from several specializations and develop your own research program.
Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive a generous CEU Doctoral Fellowship and full tuition waiver for up to three years; the tuition waiver is provided for the whole duration of the program.
Where your degree will take you
As a PhD economist, your skills will be in high demand from many different types of organizations. You can become a faculty member at a university, a researcher at a central bank or other national or international governmental organization, or a consultant or other professional in the private sector.
- Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
- Program accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)
- Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
The program comprises two years of intensive coursework and an independent research period guided by internationally recognized faculty. Coursework in the program is designed to ensure that students acquire rigorous knowledge in the core areas of economic theory and research methodology. You will have coursework in the core subjects and two fields of your choice in the first two years of the program.
- Advanced Microeconomics
- Advanced Macroeconomics
- Advanced Econometrics
- Applied Microeconomics
- Financial Economics
- Network Economics
You will gradually transit from taking courses to conducting independent research. A preliminary advisor will be assigned to you upon entry, who will guide you through the initial stages of the program and help find you a final advisor.
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Feb. 1: financial aid
- March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
- Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa
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- Completed online application form
- Proof of English proficiency
- Letters of recommendation
- Academic records
- Master's degree in Economics or in related fields (i.e. Mathematics, Statistics, etc.) or equivalent degrees with a GPA of 3.33 or higher
- Research proposal/motivation letter
- GRE General Test score
International17000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 36 months.
EU/EEA17000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 36 months.
- Tuition waiver and a generous stipend for all students.
- Doctoral program(first 18 months): 17,000 EUR
- Doctoral program after comprehensive examination: 8,500 EUR
Living costs for Vienna
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
In pursuit of its mission, CEU strives to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world, offering generous scholarships available to students from any country. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for living expenses.
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