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Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
Program Description

Doctoral programs at CEU are fully funded study programs with a standard duration of 4 years that award a US and an Austrian degree.

The aim of the Doctor of Philosophy in Economics program is to prepare professional economists for research, teaching or government service careers. Coursework in the program is designed to ensure that students acquire rigorous knowledge in the core areas of economic theory and research methodology. During the research period, students will develop into independent researchers, with the ability to contribute to the analysis of fundamental economic questions facing transition and market economies.

Sample Courses for the Doctoral Program

Core courses

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics

Optional courses

  • Advanced Labor Economics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics
  • Financial Economics
  • Psychology and Economics
  • Economic and Social Networks
  • Empirical Industrial Organization
  • Growth and Development

Entry Requirements for the Doctoral Program

In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants must submit:
• a 500-word research proposal
• three letters of recommendation
• general GRE

Successful applicants usually possess an MA (or equivalent) in economics (or a related field).

Program level
Degree awarded
Program accreditation/registration
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Country of accreditation
United States
Type of degree
Standard Program duration
4 years
Start of the program
US degree credits
Austrian degree ECTS credits