General Requirements for Admission

If you would like to apply to the PhD program at RGS Econ, please note the following requirements:

  • Applicants should have an excellent academic record and should have obtained or nearly completed a Master, Diploma or equivalent degree in Economics or related disciplines. The degree program should include a written thesis, written or oral examinations, and at least two years of course work. RGS Econ does not accept applications from students who only hold a Bachelor's degree.
  • A strong background in quantitative methods is necessary for a successful application. This background has to be documented - for example by course work in mathematics and statistics in your academic transcript.
  • For applicants without a German secondary school diploma ("Abitur"), a GRE (Graduate Record Examinations, General Test format), a GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), or any other internationally accepted test that measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical skills is highly recommended. Typically we expect candidates to score in the top 10 per cent in the quantitative and analytical sections of the test. For details please see ( or  ( Please submit a scan of your test results. (There is no need to send scores directly to RGS Econ).
  • All courses, lectures, and seminars at RGS Econ are held in English. Therefore, a "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) or any other international accepted English language test with excellent results is highly recommended for all applicants except for those who
    - are native English speakers
    - can prove at least six months of studies at an English-spoken university
    - possess a German "Abitur"
    For further information about the TOEFL test please click here (
  • Knowledge of German is not essential, although students are encouraged to learn and improve their language skills. Language classes are offered at the participating universities of the program.
  • There is no age restriction.

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