Admission requirements for the regular track

PhD candidates must 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).

  • An MPhil or Research Master degree in Economics, Econometrics, Business, Mathematics or Physics is preferred, but candidates with a MSc or MA degree will also be considered. The Master’s programme should have been completed before the start of the PhD programme.

  • Candidates are expected to have excellent results in their first degree / graduate study.

  • Candidates need to have explicit interest and motivation for doing scientific research.
  • Either a GMAT-test (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE-test (Graduate Record Examinations) is required, accepted candidates are generally among the top-10% of test-takers on the quantitative part of the test.

  • Candidates need to have 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). 

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

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