Admission Procedure

Applications are accepted year round and reviewed on a biannual basis. The application deadlines for being considered for the following term are March 31st and September 30th.

Applicants must obtain a master's degree before they are admitted to the doctoral program.
It is strongly recommended that applicants who did not receive their master's degree from a Swiss university take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) General Test. Applications without GRE test results will be reviewed, but not submitting GRE test results will be considered a drawback and must be offset by very strong academic credentials (e.g., high grade point average, relevant research experience).

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.
You will be informed about the outcome of your application within six weeks after the biannual deadlines.

Applicants are only admitted to the Doctoral Program in Neuroeconomics if funding for their studies has been secured either by one of the chairs at the Department of Economics or by the applicant him/herself. If you have already received funding for your doctoral studies, please remember to include a copy of the funding approval in your application package.
Courses begin in September. 

How to apply

Initial applications should be submitted (in electronic form only; one PDF file per applicant) to the Doctoral Program Coordinator ( These must include:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of motivation
  • contact details of at least two referees

If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be asked to submit the following application materials in triplicate to the address below:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • copies of university diplomas, transcripts of academic records and/or other academic documents (documents in English, German, or French require no translation; documents in Dutch, Flemish, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Portuguese, or Spanish must be translated into English or German; documents in any other language must be translated into English or German and certified for official use)
  • an explanation of how exams are graded at the universities you attended
  • a key to the grades used on transcripts produced by the universities you attended
  • GRE General Test results (if available)
  • a Statement of Purpose concerning your plans for doctoral studies and career objectives. The statement should be written in English and should not exceed 1,500 words.
  • one copy (not in triplicate) of an advanced essay concerning a neuroeconomics topic (if available)
  • two letters of recommendation, either in sealed/signed envelopes in the application package or sent by the referees directly to us at the address below
  • evidence of proficiency in English (if no official evidence is available, you should ask at least one referee to elaborate on your ability to understand, communicate, and write in English)
  • if you have already received funding for your doctoral studies: a copy of the funding approval

NOTE: Applications will not be returned. Please do not use any staples.

If you are shortlisted for an interview, please submit your application materials − in triplicate − to the following address:

University of Zurich
Department of Economics
Head of Studies
Doctoral Program in Neuroeconomics
Schönberggasse 1
CH - 8001 Zurich