To be eligible for admission, we require the following:
1. A university level degree
2. At least three semesters of economics courses (90 ECTS)
including a thesis worth at least 15 ECTS
3. One year of Master level studies, or the equivalent.
We are looking for academic excellence and for students who are well prepared for a PhD program in economics. Therefore, you are welcome to apply if you are studying in the first year of a Masters program. We may also admit students who for instance have a Bachelor's degree in economics but in addition have one to two years of coursework in mathematics and statistics at the advanced Bachelor level. We will also consider students with a very strong record from a four-year university program.
All applicants are required to take the general GRE test (Graduate Record Exam) (institution code 7016, department code 1801). If you have taken the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language), please provide the score and a copy of the official test result.
All admitted PhD students receive a scholarship from the Stockholm School of Economics. Currently, this is a tax-exempted stipend of SEK 13,000 per month for the first year. Students are guaranteed funding throughout the PhD program, conditional upon their satisfactory performance.
Applying to the Program
Postal applications must be received by Ritva Kiviharju by February 1, every year (see mailing address below).
Your application will not be considered until the following material has been received:
Three (3) complete sets of application, in one original and two copies, each set containing:
A completed and signed application form
Your Curriculum Vitae
University transcripts and attested copies of certificates of any university degree you have
A description of how exams are graded at your university
A Statement of Purpose: a concise statement concerning your plans for PhD studies and your career objectives. The statement should be written in English, and should not exceed 1,500 words.
One (1) copy of your most advanced essay within economics.
In addition, you should arrange for two letters of recommendation in English to be sent by post directly to the school. For the template and the mailing address, please see to the right menu.
The letters must not be sent by the applicant.
For more information, please contact:
Department of Economics