The PHD IN ECONOMICS provide students with a high-quality education
for an academic career in the field of economics
The GSEM PhD program in Economics provides students with a high-quality education for an academic career. PhD students benefit from their close interaction with the faculty and renowned visiting scholars, dedicated PhD classes and research seminars. Previous PhD graduates have been appointed at top universities around the world.
The program usually lasts five years, of which two years are devoted to courses. In the first year, students are required to attend the Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in Economics offered by the Gerzensee Center, which features core courses taught by leading economists. At the end of the first year, students choose their supervisors and start working on their dissertations. In the second year, students complete their training with elective courses chosen from a wide array of options.
From year two onward, students are required to regularly attend two department seminar series. These are the Research Seminar in Economics and Econometrics, featuring invited external speakers, and the Brown Bag Seminar, during which PhD students present their ongoing work and receive feedback.
PhD applicants must hold an MSc in economics or a closely related subject by the time they start the program, hence applications are welcome from students who are close to completing their MSc. Applicants must submit the results of the GRE General Test to be considered for admission. The program is taught in English and knowledge of French is not required.
The GSEM Institute of Economics and Econometrics’ faculty members specialize in labor economics, development and environmental economics, international economics and trade, as well as urban economics and econometrics.
The GSEM offers generous financial support to most PhD students, usually in the form of teaching or research assistant contracts. All admitted candidates are automatically considered for these positions and no additional application is required.The number of assistantships is limited and is allocated on the basis of academic merit. Research funds may provide additional financial support.
The deadline for applications is 28 February 2021, but earlier applications are welcome and some admission offers could be made earlier.
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Geneva School of Economics and Management - University of Geneva
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1205 Genève , Switzerland