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Statistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #59 (ARWU) Genève, Switzerland
The Ph.D. program in Statistics has had a long standing tradition within the University of Geneva’s former Department of Econometrics. The Geneva School of Economics and Management has offered it since January 2014. 
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Master students with a solid background in Mathematics, or Statistics, are strongly encouraged to apply for admission. Motivated students with a quantitative background in a different field are also eligible for admission. 

The doctoral studies normally take three to five years to complete. The offered lines of research are both methodological and applied, including applications in Finance, Biology, and Engineering. 

The PhD program usually lasts five years.

Students are required to submit their thesis subject within the Scientific Committee’s set deadline (but no later than four semesters after admission). The Ph.D. manuscripts should be submitted at the latest during the 9th semester. Within 3 months, the thesis committee and the Ph.D. candidates will meet – in a form decided by the president of the thesis committee – to discuss the theses. At the end of this meeting, the thesis committee may request changes. 

The final Ph.D. thesis must be submitted within a fixed time limit not exceeding six months and not beyond the Ph.D. study’s maximum limit Once the changes have been accepted, the final manuscript’s public defense is scheduled.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Statistical Inference
  • Selected Topics in Statistics
  • Model selection in high dimensions
  • Policy and program evaluation : statistical and econometric tools
  • CUSO Doctoral School in Statistics and Applied Probability
  • Research Seminar in Statistics
  • PhD Research Workshop

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • A motivation letter mentioning the specialization in econometrics
  • CV
  • A copy of their diplomas
  • If available, a certified copy of their bachelor and master exam transcripts
  • Two academic reference letters

Tuition Fee

  • International

    440 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • EU/EEA

    440 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Genève

  • 1925 - 2850 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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