Programs

Ph.D. in Economics and Finance

The Program

Ph.D. in Economics and Finance

The program lasts for four years and is designed to take up students after completing a Master’s of Science or equivalent one-year pre-experience Master’s degree in economics, finance, management, or other related fields. 

The first two years are the coursework part of the program, while the last two ones are dedicated to research. As of the second year, students participate and present their research in progress in the weekly Ph.D. Research Workshop. Students are also expected to take part in Nova SBE’s research seminars on a regular basis.

The program is delivered in English.

September

  • Bridging Mathematics 
     

1st Semester

  • Microeconomic Theory I
  • Macroeconomic Theory I
  • Econometrics I
  • Advanced Mathematics


2nd Semester

  • Microeconomic Theory II
  • Macroeconomic Theory II
  • Econometrics II
  • Research Topics


June

Comprehensive exams:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
     

Summer

  • Summer Paper


Requirements to pass the first year:
— Completing all courses.
— ‘Ph.D. Pass’ grade at all three comprehensive exams. Course grades will be taken into account in marginal cases.
— Passing grade in the summer paper (supervised and graded by a member of the faculty).

1st Semester

  • Economics Track: Topics in Advanced Economics + Two Electives
  • Finance Track: Corporate Finance + Asset Pricing + One Elective

 

2nd Semester

  • Exchange Term: Includes taking at least two advanced electives

 

June

  • Field Exam
  • Annual Assessment
     

Also...

  • Ph.D. Research Group Workshop
  • Nova SBE Research Seminars
  • 1st Research Paper
     

Requirements to pass the second year:
— Passing all courses.
— ‘Ph.D. Pass’ grade in the field exam.
— Attending and participating in the Ph.D. Research Workshop.
— Attending Nova SBE research seminars.

Note: At the beginning of the second year, students should identify a member of the faculty who agrees to serve as their Ph.D. supervisor.

1st and 2nd Semester

  • Ph.D. Research Group Workshop
  • Nova SBE Research Seminars
  • 2nd and 3rd Research Papers
     

June

  • Annual Assessment


Requirements for the remaining years until the conclusion of the Ph.D.:
— Attending and participating in the Ph.D. Research Workshop.
— Attending Nova SBE research seminars.
— Passing the annual assessment.
 

Final requirement for the conclusion of the Ph.D.:
— Completing three research papers that are (each one) publishable in a reputable international journal.


Students are encouraged to:
— Present their work in international conferences from the 2nd year of their Ph.D. program.
— Attend job market conferences during their last year in the program.
 

Students intending to be on the job market should seek the agreement of their supervisor and inform the Program Director before October of their last year in the program. They should have their packages ready by then. Mock interviews are typically organized in December.