Ph.D. On Campus


Central European University (CEU)

36 months
17000 EUR/year
17000 EUR/year
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The PhD program in Economics at Central European University (CEU) prepares you to conduct innovative, original research addressing the fundamental economic questions of our time. You can utilize your knowledge in faculty positions in academia, in governmental organizations, as well as in the private sector.


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)

Programme Structure

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. 

Core courses

  • Advanced Microeconomics 
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics


  • Applied Microeconomics 
  • Econometrics 
  • Financial Economics 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Network Economics 
  • Theory 


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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Feb. 1: financial aid
  • March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • 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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based 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

861 - 1331 EUR /month
Living costs

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. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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