PhD Program Overview

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MA in Economic Research

PhD in Economics

The PhD in Economics at CERGE-EI is a top quality graduate program which consists of two years of coursework that equips students with the systematic knowledge of economic theory and empirical research techniques, and independent but closely supervised PhD dissertation research. Similar to top western institutions, the program has an integrated Master program and the successful completion of the two years of coursework results in awarding of MA degree. The research phase concludes with the dissertation defense and the students receives a Czech and US PhD degree. Our PhD graduates pursue an academic career at universities around the world, hold research positions at top national public policy institutions, international organizations or think tanks. Others move to the private sector, typically to the research departments of banks and consulting firms.

>> You can download the program leaflet HERE. <<

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* We accept applications from outstanding BA holders who wish to pursue a PhD education. In order to be admitted to the US PhD program, the students with only a Bachelor degree must simultaneously enroll into the Master in Economic Research program. This is due to the Czech Higher Education Act 1998, s 48(3): ‘Admission to a Doctoral degree programme is conditional on the completion of studies in a Master’s degree programme,’ Applicants with only a BA degree are therefore required to simultaneously apply for the Czech MA in Economic Research program to study for the Master in Economic Research .

The Master in Economic Research program (fully accredited in the Czech Republic under the Charles University in Prague) is designed for the Bachelor/undergraduate students with exceptional academic skills who are interested in the US PhD study track at CERGE-EI. It is an integrated part of the US PhD program and the BA applicant will study alongside the other PhD students who already possess the MA degree.

PhD in Economics Program Structure

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PhD in Economics students pass through two major stages during their studies at CERGE-EI:

1. Core Study

The first and the second year of study each consists of three semesters of course work. First-year courses offer advanced education in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Statistics/Econometrics; there are no electives. Second-year courses consist of two-semester sequences of elective courses.

In the first two years, students also attend courses in academic writing and presentation skills organized by the Academic Skills Center (ASC).

During the second year, students attend Research Methodology Seminar that guides them through the first stage of independent research when they looking for and narrowing down the research topic for their dissertation.

MA Degree in Economics

Students who successfully complete first- and second-year coursework and pass General Exams with either a grade of PhD Pass, or a somewhat lower grade of MA Pass, are granted a Master of Arts degree in Economics, which is chartered by the New York State Education Department (see the listing on the NYSED website, program code 24734).

Students who meet the PhD requirements continue in the PhD program. Students who do not continue in the PhD program are required to submit an MA level Thesis in order to receive the MA degree.

Students who are also enrolled in the Czech MA in Economic Research program and successfully defend their Thesis receive a Master in Economic Research diploma issued by the Charles University.

2. Specialized Study

In their third year, PhD in Economics students choose their dissertation topics and their dissertation chair is assigned. During the specialized study, the students present their Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation research-in-progress to the Dissertation Workshop Committees.

During this period, students work as Research Assistants and Junior Researchers. They also gain teaching experience by serving as teaching assistants (at least one semester of teaching is a requirement for the PhD degree). Students are also encouraged to spend about one semester on a fully funded research stay. On their own or in cooperation with faculty members and researchers, students publish their work first in the CERGE-EI Working Paper Series and subsequently in top international journals. The PhD study is concluded by a public defense of the doctoral dissertation.

PhD Degree in Economics

After a successful defense, PhD in Economics students are awarded a PhD degree accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports of the Czech Republic, as well as a PhD degree granted by the Board of Regents of the Education Department of New York State, USA.

Students attend regular Research Seminar Series and other research events offered at CERGE-EI, such as conferences or workshops. These provide students with the first-hand contact with the most up-to-date research conducted by the top experts from the best academic places worldwide. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their own research with the many short-term and long-term visiting scholars at CERGE-EI.

Several students enrich their expertise and continue in their research during the internships at IMF (which regularly hosts presentations and recruitment interviews at CERGE-EI), ECB or Czech Central bank.

Organisation of the Academic Year 

For more details see Academic calendar section.

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MA in Economic Research

As of this year, we also accept applications from academically strong BA holders who are interested in our PhD in Economics program. The BA graduates will be enrolled in the Master in Economic Research program, our brand new part of the integrated MA/PhD study track.

The MA in Economic Research is a top quality graduate program, consisting of two years of coursework that equips students with the systematic knowledge of economic theory and empirical research techniques, and aims to prepare graduate students for further postgraduate education and career in research. Similar to top western institutions, the program serves as an integrated Master program specifically aimed at exceptional BA graduates that wish to pursue a PhD degree. To successfully complete the program, students are required to pass all required exams, as well as submit and defend an MA level Thesis.

Upon successful completion of the MA in Economic Research, students are allowed to directly enrol into our PhD in Economics program and continue developing their research proposal under close supervision and mentoring.

 

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