Admission Process – PhD in Economics

The Admissions Committee evaluates all materials received by the application deadline (March 31 or August 15)
. Applicants are notified when their application is complete and has been forwarded  to the Committee.

The Admission Committee evaluates whether the applicants' background, qualification and professional interests sufficiently meet the requirements of the program and are in accordance with the research focus of the CERGE-EI. Applicants are notified of the admission decision (direct admission, an invitation to Preparatory semester, or rejection) within 2 weeks after the deadline.

Direct Admission

Based on applicants' background, qualifications, and motivation direct admission (without further exams) is typically awarded to 15–20 students.

526Preparatory Semester

Each year, about 40 PhD applicants are invited to attend online preparatory courses (April–June). The preparatory courses are designed to support applicants with varying levels of knowledge of modern Economics and Mathematics. They provide potential students with a knowledge base to build during their PhD study and allow them to gain an idea of how Economics is taught at CERGE-EI.

Performance in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Mathematics courses, assignments, and final exams, determines which Preparatory semester participants are admitted into the PhD Program, usually about 20 applicants each year. Preparatory courses´ participants are notified of their admission to the PhD program in the first half of July. The academic year starts in October.

For more details please see Academic calendar.