Some 25 new PhD students in total are admitted every year at SSE. If you are admitted to a PhD Program, you will be offered a comprehensive course curriculum, supervision by an academic supervisor, and a shared office at the department of your specialization.
To be eligible for admission, we require the following:
- A university level degree
- At least three semesters of economics courses (90 ECTS) including a thesis worth at least 15 ECTS
- 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). Your GRE test scores should be reported directly to us via your test center.
It is necessary to have a sufficient level of English to be able to participate. If you are a native English speaker, or have undertaken a university study program in English, you need not take any language test. All other applicants, however, will need to provide evidence of their English proficiency. We prefer that you take the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language, code 8175 for all SSE programs), but the IELTS test may also be taken. Please provide the score and a copy of the official test result attested (verified to be a copy of a true original and signed) by two people. Language test results have a validity of maximum 4 years.
There is no minimum score requirement for any of the tests.
All admitted PhD students receive a scholarship from the Stockholm School of Economics. Currently, this is a tax-exempted stipend of SEK 13,500 per month for the first year. Students are guaranteed funding throughout the PhD program, conditional upon their satisfactory performance.
Applying to the Program
Applications will be handled electronically. The deadline is February 1 each year. Your application will not be considered until the following material has been received:
A complete set of application documents contains (to be uploaded electronically):
- Your Curriculum Vitae
- University transcripts and certified copies of certificates from universities
- 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
- Your most advanced thesis within economics (in English).
Please arrange for at least two letters of recommendation in English, prior to the deadline. The electronic system sends an email message to every referee you give in your application, giving more information on how to upload the letter.