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Doctoral Program in Economics

Why the Doctoral Program in Economics?

Our Doctoral School in Economics has recently undergone a reorganization process, with the ultimate aim of helping our students publish in good quality journals and carry out high-quality economic analysis.  

• The design of our program resembles the PhD programs of leading universities, with both coursework and dissertation components.  

• We offer an excellent professor-student ratio, so that each student can receive the attention and support needed.

Most students do not pay tuition and receive Corvinus Doctoral Scholarship in addition to the state scholarship.

• Our faculty members have a wealth of experience in high-level theoretical and empirical research and can offer expert advice to our students.  

• Our school provides a great research environment, with regular research seminars, conferences and workshops, a doctoral student’s seminar, and feedback from faculty and international experts. 

Corvinus University of Budapest

Álmos Telegdy

Head of Doctoral Program

Corvinus University of Budapest

Péter Csóka

Head of Doctoral School​

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About the Doctoral Program

The Doctoral Program in Economics underwent a major reorganization in 2023, and the new program is organized in an international style and follows Western standards. It aims to teach students how to carry out high-quality economic analysis which helps decision makers to create good policy on the governmental and enterprise level. They also learn how to write research papers that can ultimately be published in high-quality academic journals. The program is built on the expertise of established researchers and newly hired international faculty.  

The program is organized around the following modules: 

Core module. In the core module, students study four core subjects: microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and causal data analysis. Students coming from high quality MA programs can use a fast track and jump the core courses. 

Field module. The program has four fields: theory, empirical research, finance, macroeconomics. To complete a field, students need to complete 3 field courses. In addition, they must complete another 3 courses.  

Research module. Students will gradually transfer from coursework to individual research. Upon entry, they will be assigned a mentor, who will guide them through the first year. At the beginning of the second year, students get their final advisor (or two co-advisors). From the beginning of the program, students attend research seminars and present their research ideas at the Doctoral Seminar, where they can get advice from the faculty and outside experts. At the complex examination, students present a detailed research plan. 

At the end of the second year, students take a complex examination, which is based upon the field courses. At the exam, students also present a detailed research proposal. 


The application criteria as well as the general rules of the admission procedure are listed in Section 15 of the University Doctoral Regulations, which is available here.

The list of documents to be submitted is available here!

The admission decision is based on the preliminary evaluation of the submitted application materials and the result of the oral interview. 

Main evaluation criteria of the submitted materials: examination grades of the subjects within the scope of the given discipline, the topic and evaluation of the degree thesis, the scientific activity (e.g. scientific student conference), motivation letter (no research plan is needed). 

Content requirements of the motivation letter: 

• Why you want to join this programme, your motivations.  

• Your research experience and skills.  

• Outline some research topics and methods you would be interested in our have experience with 

Length: maximum 3 pages. 

The oral interview is held to evaluate the applicant’s suitability for scientific work and motivation. In addition, if the candidate does not have an English language certificate, the committee will check the candidate’s English language skills during the oral interview as well. 

In the 2024 admission period, the oral interview will be held in person, but it is also possible to join Microsoft Teams in case of inability to attend. 

Scoring rules: 

• Past professional achievements, former research activity, individual accomplishments, qualifications: maximum 40 points

• Motivation letter: maximum 20 points

• Oral interview: maximum 40 points.

Supervisors (more details below at Advisors, Research Topics)

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Office: Main building 221.2.

E-mail: kgidi_phd@uni-corvinus.hu

Please make an appointment by email before a personal consultation!

Corvinus University of Budapest

Álmos Telegdy

Head of Doctoral Program​​

Corvinus University of Budapest

Jozefa Barreto

Coordinator of Doctoral Program​​

Corvinus University of Budapest

Brigitta Czumpf

PhD procedures expert - study affairs and thesis draft defence

Corvinus University of Budapest

Péter Csóka

Head of Doctoral School​​

Corvinus University of Budapest

Mónika Herman

PhD procedures expert - final dissertation submission and defence

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