Here you find information around the admission to the PhD Economics program at JKU

General information


  • Admission to the PhD Program in Economics requires a university (diploma or) master's degree in a thematically relevant field.


  • Accepted degrees awarded by the University of Innsbruck:
    • Master Program Applied Economics
    • Master program Banking and Finance
    • Diploma Program Political Economy


  • Accepted degrees awarded by University of Linz:
    • Master Program Economics
    • Master Program Management and Applied Economics
    • Diploma Program in Business and Economics


It is highly recommended to get in touch with potential supervisors prior application to the programme. Only faculty members with habilitation are allowed to supervise dissertations.

Criteria for the determination of equivalence

Admission to the PhD Program in Economics requires previous knowledge in Economics equivalent to the programs stated above.  Applicants with degrees awarded by other universities or  by universities of applied sciences ("Fachhochschulen") are considered on an individual basis.

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed before or during the PhD program.

Admission to the PhD program


  • There is currently no funding through university scholarships available at JKU
  • Check here if we have open positions for PhD students
  • For external funding opportunities, please check the website of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) (see here)

Language of the program

The language of the program is English. As such, any German language requirements do not apply.


For further information about studying PhD Economics at JKU, please contact the JKU program administration:

Mag. Wolfgang Frimmel Ph.D.
Department of Economics, GPAE
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz-Auhof

Further info at the official JKU website

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