Ph.D. in Economics

At the Ph.D. level, we prepare students for professional practice and continued research in the field of economics. Our courses are designed to train students to perform cutting edge research in economics. That is why students are offered focused supervision while developing and implementing their research design. The main specialization areas include microeconomics, macroeconomics, and finance.

At our Ph.D., students are expected to complete two required and six elective courses. After that, they are supposed to complete Doctoral Qualification Exam and after successful completion, they become Ph.D. candidates. Only as Ph.D. candidates, they are eligible to register their dissertation and submit the progress reports. The detailed guide about the above-mentioned steps is outlined in the Study Rules for the Third Study Cycle at IUS.

Having completed the third study cycle, a student acquires the title of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Economics. The program structure is available here.

Requirements for admission to the Ph.D. in Economics

In addition to the general requirements prescribed by the law, the right to apply for enrolment to the Third Study Cycle (doctoral studies) is granted to all students who have completed Master studies according to the Bologna study model (i.e. candidates who have accomplished 300 ECTS), as well as all those who have completed post-graduate studies according to an earlier study model and gained the title of Master of Science (pre-Bologna and Bologna master's studies curriculum), or candidates who have acquired education outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina and who, after the validation and equivalence procedure, are found to have completed adequate education level for the continuation of their studies.

Ranking of candidates for enrolment to the third cycle can be based on the following criteria:

  1. The relevance of a previous education degree. The degree in economics or closely related field is required.
  2. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) – a minimum of 3.3/4 or 9/10.
  3. A research proposal that should convince the committee that the applicant has the potential to deal with Ph.D. requirements as well as to see whether there is a fit with program capacities and candidate's intended research area.
  4. Performance at the interview or test that can be organized.
  5. Other criteria determined in the public call.