Admission Procedure

The application deadline for admittance and matriculation in the following fall term is  December 1st.  Candidates who are short-listed for potential admission will be contacted about interviews and subsequent steps before mid-January.

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.

Note:  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 our PhD program.
You will be informed about the outcome of your application within six weeks after the deadline.

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 single PDF file per applicant) to the Doctoral Program Coordinator ( These must include:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of motivation
  • a transcript of MSc grades and diploma if available
  • GRE score report
  • TOEFL score report
  • contact details of at least two referees


University of Zurich
Department of Economics
PhD Program Coordinator
Doctoral Program in Neuroeconomics
Schönberggasse 1
CH - 8001 Zurich