The objective of the ZurichGSE is to produce successful economic researchers, hence demonstrating the ability to do research is an important criterion.
All courses are given in English and applicants to the program must show proficiency in English to be considered for admission. Thesis work takes place at the various research groups; students present their thesis work in progress in doctoral seminars. The completed PhD thesis is made available to the interested public and is discussed in a public seminar.
The ZurichGSE typically receives 300 applications and admits between 12 and 15 students each year.
The admission procedure for 2017/18 is over. Applicants who did not fulfill the necessary requirements will be informed via email and have the chance to apply again next year. We will be accepting applications for the year 2018/19 in due course.
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.
How to apply
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
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.