Doctoral Program in Economics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

The international Doctoral Program in Economics at the University of Zurich was launched in its current format in 2009. It offers a set of courses taught (in English) by internationally renowned scholars at the University of Zurich and world-class research opportunities.

In the first year, students attend compulsory courses in Econometrics, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics where they become familiar with state-of-the-art research methods. In the second year, students attend additional field courses and seminars while being attached to different research groups within the Department of Economics. Many students spend part of their study visiting other leading international institutions in Europe and in the US. A specific feature of the doctoral program is a close attachment between graduate students and advisors and a strong team spirit among students. The goal of the program is to produce independent young researchers who can obtain academic jobs in the best universities, central banks, and international organizations.

Post Type: PhD

Application Deadline: 31st January 2017.


  • For admission to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics (ZurichGSE), a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Economics from a university or an equivalent degree with the distinction of summa cum laude or magna cum laude is required. Applicants from other fields will be considered if their academic performance is outstanding.
    Degrees from Master of Advanced Studies programs (e.g. MAS, EMBA, MBA, etc.) do not qualify for acceptance to our program.Students are expected to devote themselves full-time to their programs of study.It is strongly recommended that applicants take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) General Test. Applications without GRE will be reviewed, but not submitting GRE test results will be considered a major drawback and must be offset by very strong academic credentials (e.g., high-grade point average). Applicants obtaining a university degree from a non-Bologna country have to hand in a GRE in order to have a chance to be admitted.Proficiency in English is required. No specific test is required, but applicants who have taken the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are encouraged to provide a copy of the official test results. Applicants obtaining a university degree from a non-Bologna country whose native language is not English, have to hand in a recognized English certificate and meet the  minimum requirement of the University of Zurich in order to have a chance to be admitted.

Application Procedure:


Applications for the following academic year open each year in September. Please use our online recruitment portal to submit your application.

Only online applications submitted via the application portal will be taken into consideration. Please refer to the checklist (PDF, 106 KB) for the necessary documents.

Annual submission deadline: 31st of January

Courses start in the fall term.

The received applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. If your application has fulfilled the high standards, you will receive an email with further instructions. Applicants who did not fulfill the necessary requirements will be informed via email and have the chance to apply again next year.

If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be asked to submit certain documents (e.g., certified copies of your diplomas) by regular mail to:

University of Zurich
Zurich Graduate School of Economics
Schönberggasse 1
CH-8001 Zurich

You will be informed about the outcome of your application within about six weeks after the application deadline.

If you are applying for a UBS Center Scholarship, please follow the instructions on the corresponding website: UBS Center Scholarship

After having been admitted to the program, students will have to apply for matriculation at the University of Zurich.

For more information, please visit program website:

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