Program Overview

MA in Economic Research

“The program taught me to think deeply and critically about problems, and to understand the basics perfectly so that I can build on them individually. I would recommend this program to anyone who is not afraid to work hard. It is worth it.“
                                                                                     Monika, 2nd-year student

Why is this program unique?

The MA in Economic Research is a Western-style graduate program designed for students who have completed their undergraduate studies and are interested in modern economic research.

The program is spread over the course of two years, each divided into two (or three*) semesters. In each semester, students take three courses that equip them with the systematic knowledge of economic theory and empirical research techniques, and undergo Academic Writing training. At the end of the second year, they defend their MA thesis.

*Students who wish to simultaneously enter the PhD in Economic program (US study track) have the two years divided into three semesters. They further enjoy PhD student benefits such as monthly stipends and funded research stays at prestigious Western universities.

Where can our MA degree take you?

The aim of this program is to prepare students for further postgraduate education in economics either in CERGE-EI’s PhD in Economics program or at other high-quality universities in Europe and North America.

Graduates not wishing to continue on with a PhD study will be equipped with all the tools and expertise necessary for developing a career in research, analyst and quantitative positions at international and government organizations, public policy institutions, non-profit think-tanks and private sector companies.

>> You can download the program leaflet HERE. <<


Please note that application deadline for 2020/2021 is prolonged until April 30, 2020.


Financial Support

Students admitted to the MA in Economic Research program do not pay any tuition.
At present, we do not offer any form of scholarship or living stipend to students of MA in Economic Research only. However, students simultaneously enrolled in the PhD study track (of the PhD in Economics program) receive a stipend.

Why should you consider CERGE for your postgraduate degree?

Rankings and International Recognition

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) ranks CERGE-EI in the top 2% of more than 1,500 research institutions worldwide. Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) ranks CERGE-EI in the top 5% of economic departments/research institutions worldwide. CERGE-EI has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by both the European Union and the US government.
Moreover, Charles University is among the top 100 universities in economics by the 2019 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

International Faculty and Diverse Student Community

Our faculty members are outstanding researchers who publish widely across a broad range of fields in theoretical and applied economics. They hold PhDs from many of the worlds’ top graduate programs including Princeton University, the University of Chicago, the London School of Economics, and University College London.
CERGE-EI students come from 31 countries and have diverse academic backgrounds including degrees in economics, mathematics, international relations, physics, computer science, engineering, business and sociology.

Individual Approach

Thanks to the small size of the institution, our MA in Economic Research students are able to discuss their research interests and ideas in depth with faculty members. The Academic Skills Centre helps students to develop their professional written and oral communication skills, and formulate the results of their economic research projects in the form of high-quality MA Thesis and high-impact presentations to specialized researchers as well as to the public.
The Study Affairs Team then provides students with complete personalized support, ranging from admissions support, visa and accommodation assistance, to help with adaptation to life in Prague.


CERGE-EI is located in the historical Schebek Palace that was renovated to accommodate all needs of modern higher education. We are boasting by the Kmenta CERGE-EI Library, housing an extensive international collection of books, journals and databases. It is considered to be the best library of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe.
In 2019, CERGE-EI opened a brand new Digital Media Centre with an 80-seat lecture theater and studio, both equipped with the latest audiovisual technology. The facility allows for live-streaming lectures and seminars to multiple partner institutions across the region and for CERGE-EI faculty and students to hold virtual meetings with overseas supervisors, research partners and colleagues around the world.

Campus in the Center of Prague

The CERGE-EI building is located in the center of Prague, a beautiful and affordable European city with a great social and cultural life.
Prague has been repeatedly proclaimed to be one of the safest cities in the world, and according to Global Peace Index, Czech Republic ranks 7th on the list of safe and peaceful countries worldwide and 5th among European countries.

How to Apply

Applicants with a BA degree can apply to the MA in Economic Research through the joint MA/PhD online application. After submitting the joint application, they will receive two pdf files: an application for the MA in Economic Research program and an application for the PhD program.

Deadline for submitting online applications is April 30, 2020.

For more information about the MA in Economic Research and the application process, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.