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Vienna Graduate School of Economics

The Vienna Graduate School of Economics (VGSE) is the graduate school of economics in Vienna. It focuses on the training of PhD candidates in economics. The school is a collaboration between the University of Vienna and the Institute for Advanced Studies. It is financed by a research grant of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The three-year PhD program is run entirely in English. The school started with an international group of students in October 2010.

Aim and Scope of the Program

VGSE offers a broad three-year PhD education in economics focusing on specialized field courses, research seminars where students and professors present ongoing research, and includes intensively supervised research time.

Successful applicants at VGSE have completed a high quality research Master´s Program with advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.

Graduates from VGSE will be able to carry out independent research of the highest academic standards. They are able to obtain international academic or research positions within policy-making institutions such as the ECB, IMF, World Bank, OECD, etc.

Handelsblatt-Ranking Volkswirtschaftslehre 2011


Julian Kolm graduated and joins the Department of Finance at WU

We congratulate Julian Kolm for graduating from the VGSE with the highest grade. Recently he successfully defended his dissertation "Essays on Bank Regulation and Relation Specific Investment" at the VGSE. External examiners were...

Welcome to the new VGSE students

This year four new students joined VGSE on a full fellowship. They will be officially introduced to the Faculty at the Department Heuriger on 8.10.

Hendre Garbers (MSc in Economics, University of Lausanne) - IHS scholarship...


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