Admission Requirements

We welcome PhD candidates who aspire a career in research in Economics and Business, Econometrics and Business Economics.

To become one of our PhD candidates, you will need to be admitted to one of Erasmus School of Economics' graduate schools (ERIM or Tinbergen Institute). The requirements below are a general specification based on the admission requirements of both graduate schools.

Contact the graduate school with which your project is affiliated for more information about the specific admission requirements of the school (ERIM / Tinbergen Insitute).

Previous Education

You have an MPhil, MSc or MA degree in Economics, Econometrics, Business or a related field (depending on the PhD project). Applicants with an MPhil or Research Master’s degree will be preferred. The Master’s programme should have been completed before the start of the PhD programme and you are expected to have obtained excellent results in your first degree / undergraduate study.


You have a strong motivation for doing academic research and can show this in your motivation letter and selection interviews.

Strong analytical and quantitative skills

You will need to show your skills by either a GMAT-test (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE-test (Graduate Record Examinations). Accepted candidates are generally among the top-10% of test-takers on the quantitative part of the test. Provided test results should not be older than five years.

Proficiency in English

You will need to show an excellent command of English. For non-native speakers, English proficiency generally needs to be demonstrated by excellent scores on either a TOEFL-test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS-test (International English Language Testing System). The language test results should not be older than two years.

Additional requirements

In addition to these formal requirements, candidates for Erasmus School of Economics PhD programme are selected on the basis of their CV, grades, academic references, and interview(s) with the potential supervisor(s).

Additional requirement for Chinese applicants

Chinese nationals are required to register with the Netherlands Education Support Office (NESO) in Beijing to obtain a NESO Certificate.