The Vienna Graduate School of Finance is a center of excellence in Finance, located in Vienna, Austria. Its main activities are academic research and PhD education. VGSF faculty members are very well connected in the international Finance community. Leading scholars are regularly invited to teach courses and present their papers in the research seminar. We offer a stimulating learning and research environment and financial support to outstanding students from around the world. Our graduates can look forward to a rewarding career at leading academic institutions.
Studying at the VGSF consists of two parts: courses and research. A typical sequence of activities starts with doing most of the mandatory courses during the first year. First year students also do (extra-curricular) bridging courses as required. By the end of the second year all mandatory courses must be completed.
Students have to do six (mandatory) elective courses. Usually these are done during the second and third year. Students choose the electives depending on the focus of their research.
The PhD thesis must consist of three papers (one of which is the job market paper). Students should start working (i.e. searching for a topic, writing and presenting proposals) on their papers during the (second half of the) first year. Before and during the summer of the first year they work on their first paper. This paper is presented at the beginning of their second year at an internal conference where all faculty members and all students participate, discuss papers and give feedback.