Academic Structure

The program lasts four years, and is designed to take up students after completing a Master of Science or equivalent one-year pre-experience Masters degree in economics, finance, management, and related fields. The first two years constitute the coursework part of the program, while the last two ones are dedicated to research. As of the second year, the students participate and present their research in progress in the weekly PhD Research Workshop. Students are also expected to take part in Nova SBE’s research seminars on a regular basis.

The whole program is delivered in English language.

First Academic Year

September

1st Semester

2nd Semester

June

Summer

Bridging Mathematics

Microeconomic Theory I

Microeconomic Theory II

Comprehensive exams:

 

Summer Paper

Macroeconomic Theory I

Macroeconomic Theory II

Microeconomics

Econometrics I

Econometrics II

Macroeconomics

Advanced Mathematics

Research Topics

Econometrics

Requirements to pass the first year:

  • Completing all courses.
  • ‘PhD 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).

Second Academic Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

June

Economics Track:

Finance Track:

Exchange Term:

Field Exam

Annual Assessment

Topics in Advanced Economics

Corporate Finance

Includes taking at least two advanced electives

Elective

Asset Pricing

Elective

Elective

PhD Research Group Workshop

Nova SBE Research Seminars

1st Research Paper

Requirements to pass the second year:

  • Passing all courses.
  • ‘PhD Pass’ grade in the field exam.
  • Attending and participating in the PhD Research Workshop.
  • Attending Nova SBE research seminars.

Note: In the beginning of the second year, students should identify a member of the faculty who agrees to serve as PhD supervisor.

Third and Fourth Academic Years

1st Semester

2nd Semester

June

PhD Research Group Workshop

Annual Assessment

Nova SBE Research Seminars

2nd and 3rd Research Papers

Requirements for the remaining years until the conclusion of the PhD:

  • Attending and participating in the PhD Research Workshop.
  • Attending Nova SBE research seminars.
  • Passing the annual assessment.

Final requirement for the conclusion of the PhD:

  • 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 PhD 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.

Internal funds are available for the above purposes upon recommendation by the supervisor and final approval by the PhD program director.