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Admission to the GESS programs

The admission to our full-time PhD programs is taking place on an annual basis.


Applications for the programs starting in September 2017 can be submitted until March 31.

We offer only online application. The application tool will be reopened in early November 2017.

Early Applications

Applications handed in before:

  • January 15 (Economics - CDSE)
  • January 31 (Business - CDSB)
  • January 31 (Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences - CDSS)

will be treated as early applications and decided on before the official deadline.

Applications from candidates who are not accepted in the early round will be reviewed again with all other applications after March 31.

General Information

Admission to our programs is highly competitive so we encourage you to thoroughly familiarize yourself with the contents of our website. This will help you prepare the best application possible.

In general, the prerequisite for admission is either a bachelor's or a master's degree (or an equivalent) in the respective field. Applicants from neighboring fields can be admitted if the academic background is judged to be sufficient.