Admission requires a master degree in economics with an excellent academic performance.  Degrees from other fields will also be considered (e.g., social science, mathematics, physics, or engineering). Excellent academic performance is equivalent to a final grade average of at least 5.0 in the Swiss Grading System. For non-Swiss degrees see the following formula.

The main objective of the Ph.D. Program in Applied Economics is to support excellent young economists to become successful researchers. Therefore, prospective doctoral students must demonstrate their ability to conduct research on a high level by an example of their academic work, e.g. an outstanding term paper, master thesis or research paper.

All courses are taught in English. Proficiency in English is required for all nonnative English speaking applicants.


Admission process

Based on the application documents, the program committee will pre-select candidates who will be invited to interviews. These interviews take place either in person or via video call. After the interviews, the program committee will make the decision on admission. This decision is conditional on final approval by the Student Office regarding the recognition of degrees from foreign universities and the conversion of grades into the Swiss grading system.

Admission schedule

- Application: expired

- Interviews: late February / early March 2017

- Acceptance notice: March 2017 (subject to formal admission by the Student Office)

Application requirements

The applications must include the following documents:

a) Completed application form

b) a detailed curriculum vitae

c) a 2-page letter of motivation incl. research interests and a research idea

d) a full transcript of records and master certificate

e) GRE test (results have to be available by the end of the application deadline)

    GRE institution code: 3382 U Basel

f) a research paper (e.g., master thesis, term paper or journal article)

Applications should be e-mailed to

Only complete applications will be considered for admission.

Letzte Änderung: 13.02.2017