Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

Program level: 
Degree awarded: 
PhD
Country of accreditation: 
United States
Hungary
Program accreditation/registration: 
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Program length: 
3-6 years
Type of degree: 
CEU
US degree credits: 
90
Austrian degree ECTS credits: 
240
Hungarian degree ECTS credits: 
240
Start of the program : 
September

Program Description

Please note that from September 2020, this program's teaching for incoming and continuing students will take place at our Vienna campus.

The aim of the PhD 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.

Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive a generous CEU Doctoral Fellowship and full tuition waiver for up to three years; the tuition waiver is provided for the whole duration of the program. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds.

Sample Courses for the Doctoral Program
Core courses

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics

Optional courses

  • Advanced Labor Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Psychology and Economic Theory
  • Economic and Social Networks
  • Industrial Organization
  • Organizational Economics
  • 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).