FAQ PhD Programme in Economics

Q: When is the online application system open?

A: It opens in mid-December and closes on 1 February.

Q: When is the application deadline?

A: We must receive all application documents no later than 1 February.

Q: What are the admission requirements?

A: You must have achieved a pass grade for courses equivalent to at least four years of studies, including at least one year of studies at the master’s level and at least three semesters of studies in economics. It is not necessary to have studied economics at the master’s level, although this is strongly recommended for a successful application.

Q: Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) mandatory?

A: No, but we strongly recommend foreign applicants to take the GRE test and ensure that the test result is sent directly to the department (school code: 0247; department code: 1801).

Q: Does it make any difference if I use the GRE or GMAT scores when applying for the PhD programme?

A: Yes, we prefer that you take the GRE test and ensure that the test result is sent directly to the department.

Q: What are the cut-off GRE scores for admission to the PhD programme?

A: We do not provide this information because we do not evaluate applications based on a single criterion.

Q: Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) mandatory?

A: No, but we strongly recommend foreign applicants to take the TOEFL test and ensure that the test result is sent directly to the department (institution code: 7996).

Q: Does it make any difference if I use the TOEFL or IELTS scores when applying for the PhD programme?

A: No, although we prefer that you take the TOEFL test and ensure that the test result is sent directly to the department.

Q: To whom should my academic references send their letters of recommendations?

A: Please, do not send any letters of recommendations if not asked to. We will contact the academic references for the most interesting applicants ourselves and ask for their letters of recommendations.

Q: Should I approach potential supervisors for research opportunities before applying for the PhD programme?

A: No, you should not do that. All admitted students are matched with their supervisors at the end of the first year in the PhD programme.

Q: Does the department fund all applicants who are accepted to the PhD programme?

A: Yes, if you are accepted to the PhD programme, you will receive either a monthly salary (12 months per year) or a stipend. All first-year students of the PhD programme will receive a salary. There are no tuition fees.

Q: How many applications does the department receive each year?

A: We receive about 200–300 applications each year.

Q: Can you give me an idea of my chances for admission to the PhD programme (e.g., based on GRE scores)?

A: Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to evaluate your application beforehand. In addition, we do not evaluate an application based on one or two criteria. Instead, we carefully review all application documents (i.e., personal letter, theses, course grades, GRE scores, academic references, etc.) before making our decision.

Q: When can I expect to be notified about your admission decision?

A: A first round of notices of acceptance are sent out no later than mid-March. Applicants who are accepted to the PhD programme will be given a deadline by when to notify their decision to accept or reject our offer of admission. A second round of offers may be sent out once the first-round acceptance deadline has passed.

Q: Will the department keep me informed of my application status?

A: About five unsuccessful applicants in the first round will be put on the waiting list. If you are one of those applicants, we will keep a close contact with you about your application status. In a typical year, about 15 applicants are offered admission in the first round. Of those applicants, approximately one-half accepts our offer.

Q: Whom do I contact if I have questions about the application and admission process not answered herein?

A: Send an email to the admission officer, Erik Öberg, at email address erik.oberg@nek.uu.se