Program Overview

MA in Economic Research

A unique gateway into the world of economic research and postgraduate study

The  MA in Economic Research is a top quality US-style graduate program designed for outstanding students who have completed their undergraduate studies (BA holders) and are interested in economic research. BA holders from non-economic fields with strong mathematical background are also encouraged to apply.

The aim of this program is to prepare students for further postgraduate education (leading towards a PhD degree in Economics) and a career in economic research.

The program consists of two years of coursework that equips students with the systematic knowledge of economic theory and empirical research techniques. Students also engage in supervised independent research project resulting in a high-standard MA Thesis.

Graduates receive a Czech degree fully accredited by Charles University.

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


International Recognition

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) ranks CERGE-EI in the top 2% of more than 1,500 research institutions worldwide. Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) ranks CERGE-EI in the top 5% of economic departments/research institutions worldwide. CERGE-EI has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by both the European Union and the US government.

Financial Support

Students admitted to the MA in Economic Research program do not pay any tuition.
Students simultaneously enrolled in the PhD study track (of the PhD in Economics programreceive a stipend.

International Faculty

Our faculty members are outstanding researchers who publish widely across a broad range of fields in theoretical and applied economics. They hold PhDs from many of the worlds’ top graduate programs including Princeton University, the University of Chicago, the London School of Economics, and University College London.

Diverse Student Community

CERGE-EI students come from 35 countries and have diverse academic backgrounds including degrees in economics, mathematics, international relations, physics, computer science, engineering, business and sociology.

Career Opportunities

MA in Economic Research is an integral part of the US PhD study track at CERGE-EI. Students are encouraged to simultaneously enrol in the integrated MA/PhD in Economics program (PhD in Economics). After obtaining the MA degree, students are allowed to directly continue with the doctoral studies leading towards the PhD degree in Economics.

The skills and knowledge of the economic research techniques that the students acquire are widely used not only in academic positions but also in international organizations (IMF, OECD, World Bank, ECB), policy institutions and central banks, as well as non-profit think tanks. Students who do not continue with the PhD studies are still equipped with sufficient expertise to find quantitative positions in these institutions as well as private sector.

Individual Approach

Thanks to the small size of the institution, our MA in Economic Research students are able to discuss their research interests and ideas in depth with faculty members. The Academic Skills Center helps students to develop their professional, written and oral communication skills, and formulate the results of their economic research projects in the form of high-quality MA Thesis and high-impact presentations to specialized researchers as well as to the public.

CERGE-EI provides students with complete personalized support, ranging from visa assistance to help with adaptation to life in Prague, and a lot more.

Campus in the Center of Prague 

The CERGE-EI building is located in the center of Prague, a beautiful and affordable European city with a great social and cultural life.

Prague has been repeatedly proclaimed to be one of the safest cities in the world, and according to Global Peace Index, Czech Republic ranks 7th on the list of safe and peaceful countries worldwide and 5th among European countries.

How to Apply

Applicants with a BA degree can apply to the MA in Economic Research through the joint MA/PhD online application. After submitting the joint application, they will receive two pdf files: an application for the MA in Economic Research program and an application for the PhD program.

Deadline for submitting online applications is March 31, 2019.

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