Combined M.Sc. Economic Research / Doctoral Program

The Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) offers a two-stage graduate program that combines challenging courses with early individual research in a supportive and intellectually demanding environment. Our students finish the two-year course phase with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) specialized in economic research and the three-year dissertation phase with a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D. equivalent).


We welcome outstanding (top 10%) students holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree in economics or related fields (e.g. mathematics, statistics, business administration, accounting, and finance) to apply for admission.


Numerous grants and positions are available and will be matched according to your background. E.g., some scholarships for international PhD students will be granted by the Graduate School Scholarship Program of the German Academic Exchange Service, others come from the Institute on Behavior & Inequality or directly from the Graduate School. All BGSE activities are conducted in English. Our members are provided with adequate office space and funds for conference participations and research stays abroad.


Our student body benefits from an excellent faculty and numerous collaborative research activities. Advanced students have the opportunity to join one of the department’s research units, e.g., the research training group on Macroeconomics of Inequality, the cluster of excellence ECONtribute Markets & Public Policy, and the Collaborative Research Center on Economic Perspectives on Societal Challenges. BGSE alumni have excellent career prospects in academia and beyond.


Please visit the BGSE website for application requirements and information on the program


Applications have to be submitted online ( via our application portal, which will be opened in January 2021. The application deadline for the program starting in October is March 31, 2021. There is an early admission round for complete applications handed in before February 5, 2021. We are looking forward to your application.


Scholarships are available
Dr. Silke KInzig
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Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) - University of Bonn
Department of Economics/ BGSE
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53113 Bonn