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Central European University (CEU) Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
Central European University (CEU)

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

Vienna, Austria

4 Years


Full time

Request application deadline *

Sep 2024

EUR 17,000 / per year **


* application deadline for doctoral programs for applicants from all countries, all applications must be complete with any applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.)

** first 18 months | 8,500 EUR after comprehensive examination | payable in one or two installments, non-refundable initial tuition fee installment (€500 EUR) is paid to confirm your acceptance of our offer of admission and is credited towards the 1st t


Doctoral programs at CEU are fully funded study programs with a standard duration of 4 years that award a US and an Austrian degree.

The aim of the Doctor of Philosophy in Economics 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, able to contribute to analyzing fundamental economic questions facing transition and market economies.

Sample Courses for the Doctoral Program

Core courses

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics

Optional courses

  • Advanced Labor Economics
  • Advanced Microeconometrics
  • Financial Economics
  • Psychology and Economics
  • Economic and Social Networks
  • Empirical Industrial Organization
  • Growth and Development

The Doctoral School in Economics at CEU was launched in 2000/2001. The program has been accredited in the US since the beginning; its Hungarian accreditation took place in 2005. Each year 7-8 students are admitted into the program. The language of teaching is English, and its structure and content follow the US standards. The Doctoral School provides up-to-date knowledge in economic theory, quantitative methods, and several applied fields. Quality education is assured by internationally recognized Faculty with research interests in many areas of economics. The program prepares the students for careers in education, research, and the public sector.

In the past few years, our PhD graduates have found work at renowned places like the National Bank of Hungary, the European Commission, IMF, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences/Institute of Economics, and McKinsey Consulting.

Program Accreditation/Registration

  • The program was approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)


Scholarships and Funding

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