The Graduate Programme in Economics and Finance (GPEF) trains students to achieve academic excellence in the areas of Economics, Econometrics and Finance with a particular focus on policy relevant theoretical and empirical research.
GPEF Graduates are regularly selected for very reputable academic and non-academic positions. The GPEF Ph.D. programme provides a solid basis for starting an international academic career. Recent academic placements include Erasmus University in Rotterdam, King's College in London, Northeastern University in Boston, Drake University, Goethe University in Frankfurt, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Lausanne, Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, and University of Zürich.
The GPEF offers a structured Ph.D. programme tailored towards a high-quality and internationally oriented education in economics, econometrics and financial research. Graduates are regularly selected for very reputable academic and non-academic positions. The University of St. Gallen is one of the most renowned universities in the fields of finance, economics, and business in Europe.
"After spending a few years in management consulting, I wanted to deepen my understanding of banking, asset pricing, and corporate finance. The Ph.D. Programme in Finance gave me an opportunity to delve into research of my choosing on these subjects. Ultimately, the program prepared me to compete with top graduates from around the world. It gave me the theoretical and empirical foundations to apply my knowledge to important academic and policy questions."
Kristian Blickle, Ph. D., Financial Economist at the Federal, Reserve Bank of New York
"I joined the Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance after working in the financial sector. My motivation was to build expertise in macroeconomics and to get closer to policy institutions. The programme provided me with rigorous foundations in economics during the course phase. As a doctoral student, I could also benefit from the accessible faculty. The programme entails various interactions with faculty members and distinguished speakers. I had sufficient time for my research and could also engage in teaching activities. I am still in contact with the faculty and continue to value what the programme brought me."
Marc-Antoine Ramelet, Ph. D., Economist at Swiss National Bank Zurich
|Degree||Doctor of Philosophy in Economics and Econometrics / Doctor of Philosophy in Finance from the University of St.Gallen (Ph.D. HSG).|
|Start of programme||KW 8 (Spring semester, only PEcon) / KW 38 (Autumn semester)|
|Duration||max. 10 Semesters; full time|
|Number of Credits||52 ECTS|
|Application window|| |
Autumn semester application period: 1 February - 30 April (* 1 February - 15 August)
*A longer registration period for assistants and applicants with an HSG Master's degree
|Average class size||5 - 8|
|Current gender ratio||71% / 29%|
For domestic students CHF 629.00
For foreign students CHF 1079
|Funding||Ph.D. students are usually employed as teaching and research assistants at their supervisor’s chair. |
Funding (30’000 - 60’000 CHF) & workload according to individual agreements.
|Admission requirements||Please follow the link|
Dr. Mirela Keuschnigg
Executive director Graduate Programme in Economics and Finance (GPEF)
+41 71 224 3138
Member of the Steering Committee
Academic director PiF
Member of the Steering Committee
Academic director PEcon
Chair of the Steering Committee
Project Manager and Associates