You can apply for Ph.D. studies in Finance if you hold a Master's degree in economic sciences, or in a discipline related to those taught at the HSG’s School of Finance. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Applications will mainly be reviewed after 15 February. We strongly recommend that you submit your application before 15 February. For the application process, please see the application information of the Graduate Programme in Finance (GPEF). Only apply via Online-Application after having received the okay from the GPEF programme administration.
The degree programme starts in the autumn semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.
Autumn semester application period: 1 February - 30 April
If you have already finished a degree programme at HSG, 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.