Application and admission - Economics

Are you applying for admission at the Department of Economics? Please read this information carefully.

Application deadline

The Department of Economics offers PhD study in Economics. Admission will take place only once a year, with closing date for application February 1.


Master's degree

For admission to the PhD programme in Economics, applicants must have completed a 2-year Master’s degree in Economics or other equivalent courses of education that may be approved as being suitable. Applicants should have a strong background in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

The following three topics:

will be a compulsory part of the PhD in Economics.  Applicants who have passed courses corresponding to one or more of these advanced courses, will have a distinct advantage in the ranking of the applicants.  However, strong applicants without any of these courses may be admitted.

GRE General Test

The Department will require that candidates with education from an institution outside the European Economic Area/the European Union or Switzerland submit the performance of a GRE General Test. The minimum test scores to be considered for admission is 152 points on the Quantitative reasoning section and 153 points on the Verbal reasoning section.  Submitted test results must not be older than five years. Please note that GMAT test is not appropriate for admission.

A good command of English is required of all applicants. International students must document their proficiency in English by taking one of the following internationally recognized tests:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language.  Applicants must obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based).  The University’s code number for TOEFL is 0756.  Please arrange to have your score sent directly to the Department.
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service (academic).  Applicants must obtain a minimum score of 6.0.

Further information about language tests and entrance tests.

One-year Master qualifying for the PhD program

To strengthen their qualifications for the PhD program, strong applicants with at least one year Master studies, including the topics of the compulsory courses in the Master program, may apply to the Master program and obtain a transfer of 60 credits. This would make it possible to complete the Master program in one year. Conditional on sufficiently good grades at the Master program, these students would fulfill the educational requirements for admission to the PhD program, and thus compete on equal terms with other applicants to the PhD program. It is possible to apply to both the PhD program and to the Master program. Applying to the Master program simultaneously with the PhD program does not reduce the chances of being accepted directly to the PhD program.  Further information about admission and how to apply for the Master's programme.


The Department will offer a limited number of scholarships for these applicants. Further information about scholarships.




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Published Nov. 15, 2016 3:17 PM - Last modified Aug. 8, 2019 9:10 AM