Doctoral Programs

Admissions

Economics

Interested applicants must submit the following documents via email to phd-gsem(at)unige.ch:

  • motivation letter;
  • CV;
  • copy of relevant diplomas;
  • official exam transcripts from bachelor and masters;
  • official “quantitative reasoning” GRE score;
  • two to three academic reference letters (to be sent directly by the referees to  phd-gsem(at)unige.ch);

 

In the subject of your email message, please indicate “Application to PhD program in Economics, your First Name, your Family Name”. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The deadline for application is February 28th and the program starts in September of the same year. Admission offers are communicated around the end of April.

Your admission letter will specify the procedure to be followed in order to formally accept the offer and enroll in the program.

Econometrics

Eligibility

  • All students with a University of Geneva Master in Economics specializing in Econometrics are directly eligible.
  • All students with a Master in Economics from a recognized university with an adequate econometrics or quantitative content are also eligible.
  • Motivated students with other master’s degrees from a recognized university are also strongly encouraged to apply and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Note: In some cases, candidates may be asked to complete an appropriate preliminary program of advanced econometrics courses to fulfill the prerequisite.

 

Admission

Interested candidates must submit a comprehensive package in two steps (see below). The PhD program’s Scientific Committee advises the GSEM’s Dean, who formally decides on the candidates’ acceptance.

 

In a first step, candidates must send the following documents by email to phd-gsem(at)unige.ch, subject: “Application for PhD program in Econometrics, your First Name, your Family Name” before February 28 of each calendar year to be considered for the PhD program starting in September that year:

- A motivation letter mentioning the specialization in econometrics
- Their CV
- A copy of their diplomas
- If available, a certified copy of their bachelor and master exam transcripts
- A certified “quantitative reasoning” GRE score
- Two academic reference letters

Their application will not be considered until ALL the supporting documents have been received.

The PhD program’s Scientific Committee processes the applications and usually sends the applicants a preliminary notification before Easter of each calendar year. Please note: the formal and legally binding decision is only made at the end of step 2.

 

Step 2 for candidates who received a favorable preliminary notification , is:

 

  • Students new to UNIGE (application for enrollment)

These students should send a hardcopy of the package mentioned below to the following address: Service des admissions, Université de Genève, Rue Général Dufour 24, CH 1211 Genève 4 (the Admission Services evaluates the package for the enrollment):

- Their motivation letter mentioning the specialization in econometrics
- Their CV
- A copy of their diplomas
- If available, a certified copy of their bachelor and master exam transcripts

 

  • Former UNIGE students (re-enrollment)

These students should follow the re-enrollment procedure. They should complete the form they will receive by email, scan the required documents, including the Dean’s admission letter, and send the file via the online Admissions Service.

 

  • GSEM students (continuation of studies)

These students should take the Dean’s admission letter to the GSEM Student Services, Bd du Pont d’Arve 40, CH 1211 Genève 4.

 

Management

Notice

The Institute of Management advertises PhD positions on the University website and on other online job exchanges when they become available. There is no fixed application period. Unsolicited applications will not be considered.

 

Formal Admission Process

PhD applicants who have received a preliminary job offer from the Institute of Management must submit a formal application package to the Scientific Committee. The GSEM’s Dean makes the final acceptance decision.

 

In a first step, the candidates must send the following documents by email to phd-gsem(at)unige.ch - subject: “Application for PhD program in Management, your First Name, your Family Name”:

  • A letter from their PhD supervisor at the Institute of Management
  • A motivation letter mentioning the specialization in Management
  • Their CV
  • A copy of their diplomas
  • If available a certified copy of their bachelor and master exam transcripts.

The Scientific Committee processes the applications and sends the applicants a preliminary notification.

 

Step 2 for candidates who have received a favorable preliminary notification should send a hard copy of the following package to the following address:

  • If the candidates are not yet registered at the GSEM: Espace administratif des étudiant-e-s (DASE), Université de Genève, Rue Général Dufour 24, CH 1211 Genève 4.
  •  If the candidates are already registered at the GSEM: GSEM Students Services, office 3287A, Bd du Pont d’Arve 40, CH 1211 Genève 4.

 

In addition to the documents listed above, the package must also include:

 

The DASE evaluates the package and then sends it to the GSEM. In turn, the GSEM submits the package to the Scientific Committee, who advises the Dean formally. Based on this advice, the Dean decides to accept or reject the application.

 

Statistics

Pre-admission

The candidates should contact a potential thesis advisor informally.

 

Admission

To be considered for the PhD program, the candidates should send the following documents by email to phd-gsem(at)unige.ch: Subject : Application for PhD program in Statistics - your First Name - your Family Name

  • The letter from their potential thesis advisor
  • A motivation letter mentioning "Application for PhD program in Statistics"
  • Their CV
  • A copy of their diplomas
  • If available, copies of their bachelor and master exam transcripts
  • The names of two academic references who can be contacted.

Their application will not be considered until ALL their supporting documents have been received.

 

Decision of the Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee evaluates the applications and sends its decision to the Dean, indicating the specific modalities (co-requisites, doctoral program...) the candidates must satisfy.

The Dean makes the final decision and notifies the applicants of his decision by mail and, where appropriate, of the specific procedures they need to follow.

 

Finance

The University of Geneva is a partner of the Swiss Finance Institute (a private foundation created by Switzerland's banking and finance community in cooperation with leading Swiss universities). As such, the GFRI’s research and activities are aligned with those that the SFI undertakes. Moreover, its doctoral education is integrated into the SFI Leman doctoral program in Finance and its professors are all affiliated with the Swiss Finance Institute.

 

The Swiss Finance Institute PhD Program in Finance targets academic excellence by providing an intellectual environment and curriculum comparable with the top PhD programs in Europe and North America. The PhD program is taught at the three Swiss Finance Institute campuses in Geneva/Lausanne (Léman), Lugano, and Zurich.

 

The curriculum comprises two phases: a preparatory year of intensive coursework followed by three years of advanced studies and research. The PhD program covers a wide range of subjects, including Economics, Financial Economics, Corporate Finance, Mathematical Finance, and Econometrics. All courses are taught by internationally renowned academics from Switzerland, Europe, and North America. The curriculum offers the ideal framework for inspiring and successful PhD studies in Finance.

 

The applicants should have a strong interest in research activities and the desire to pursue an academic career or a finance research career within the public or private sectors. Ideally, an applicant's academic record should include a solid background in Economics and Financial Mathematics, although a lacking prerequisite course could be taken at the beginning of the PhD program.

 

Please visit the Swiss Finance Institute website for further information.

 
Information Systems

For further information please contact the program director.

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