You can apply for Ph.D. studies in Economics and Econometrics if you hold a completed Master's degree in Economics, Finance or Quantitative Methods from a recognised university, or in in another subject area related to the HSG’s School of Economics and Political Sciences. A minimum average grade of 5.00 (not rounded) is required. This is equivalent to a minimum average grade of 2.00 (not rounded) in Germany and Austria. For more information about how we calculate grades, please consult our grade conversion table.
Depending on your previous university degree, additional programme-specific requirements may be imposed upon admission.
Admission to our Ph.D. programmes is not possible with degrees from a University of Applied Sciences (a tertiary education institution without the right to award doctorates) or with an MBA.
Your degree programme will be recognised if the following criteria are fulfilled:
We would be happy to give you non-binding pre-clarification whether your previous education entitles you to apply for a Ph.D. programme. So that we can do this, please send scanned copies of all your grade transcripts and certificates together with a short CV by email to email@example.com
When you apply, you must prove that your proficiency in the English language, used as the language of instruction, is at level C1 (CEFR). The University of St.Gallen accepts the following as supporting documents for admission to this Ph.D. programme:
An application can only be made with the following minimum score: GMAT 680 points (total score), GRE revised 160 points (quantitative reasoning).
Test results may not be older than 5 years and must be provided to us directly by GMAC or ETS before the closing date for applications. It is important to state the Institution Code of the University of St. Gallen. Should you have failed to do so, then instruct GMAC or ETS to provide us with your test results in a timely manner. (institution code GMAT 5RK-QG-07, GRE 7202)
The Programme Committee may exempt applicants from having to present a GRE or GMAT result.
After your application, the preliminary review takes place with reference to formal criteria. Admission to the Ph.D. programme is awarded by the Programme Committee on the basis of a positive evaluation.
The degree programme can start either in the spring or the autumn semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.
Autumn semester application period: 1 February - 30 April (*- 15 August)
Spring semester application period: 1 September – 30 November (* - 15 January)
*A longer registration period for assistants and applicants with an HSG Mas-ter's degree. If you have already finished a degree programme at HSG and if you have been exmatriculated for maximum two semesters, please apply using the
Please have the following information and documents ready to upload:
If any of the documents are not issued in German, French, Italian or English, you must also submit a certified translation of the document in German or English. Please observe our guidelines "Certified documents and translations".
Only one file can be uploaded per bullet point. You can use online tools such as online2pdf.com to create PDF files or to combine several pages into one PDF file. Make sure the files you send to us are legible so that we can process your application without delay.
Swiss citizens need their Swiss social insurance number (AHV number) for the application. If you do not know your insurance number, please order a duplicate of your insurance certificate from the Swiss Central Compensation Office in good time.