Admission Requirements

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In general, the admission requirements are:

  • MPhil or Research Master’s degree in Economics, Econometrics, Mathematics or Physics is preferred
    • Candidates with an MSc or MA degree are required to successfully complete 1 year of courses at the graduate school they are part of (Research Qualifications at the Tinbergen Institute or courses at ERIM)
  • Excellent study results for both the bachelor and master’s degree
  • Interest in and strong motivation for scientific research explained in a statement of purpose.
  • GRE test is required for all entering PhD students. Valid GRE (revised) General Test results are required from all PhD applicants (all 3 sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing). Successful applicants typically perform among the top-10% of test-takers on the quantitative part of the GRE; applicants with a Q score below 160 will not be considered.
  • Excellent command of English (IELTS/TOEFL). Students whose native language is not English are therefore required to demonstrate English proficiency by:
    • holding a degree from a Dutch university or an institution at which English is the language of instruction, or
    • scoring at least 100 on the TOEFL iBT test or 7 on the IELTS test.
  • Two reference letters
  • Curriculum Vitae

More information

For questions regarding the application procedure please contact Lindsey Pijpers (PhD Officer) at
For questions regarding the specific research projects please contact the project supervisor.

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