APE FAQ

1 / I don’t speak French: can I apply to the APE programme?
All compulsory courses and most optional courses are offered in English. Depending on your choice, you can thus follow 100% of your coursework in English. As a result, a certificate of English language ability (minimum level B2 or equivalent) is required for all applicants who aren’t native English speakers, except for French candidates and those who are graduates of universities where coursework is in English. In class, not speaking French isn’t a barrier, but like any time abroad in a francophone country, participation in the PSE master’s implies a complete immersion in a French-speaking cultural environment...(more: download the brochure “International English Masters programmes… within the French system !”)

2 / How much are the registration fees?
The fees are around 250 euros per annum, plus 210 euros in social security costs (for those under 28 years). There are no other fees to pay for studying at PSE.

3/ Are there grants available?
The APE program does not provide scholarships for masters students. Depending on your nationality, financial aid may be available from different institutions (central banks, embassies, foundations, etc.). You can dowload the dedicated brochure “Funding opportunities for Foreign Students (pdf)”.
We invite you to explore the different possibilities available on the websites of EHESS (only in French) and Campus France.
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4/ How many seats are available for the APE Master’s programme? What is the average acceptance rate?
Each year, APE offers 60-65 places in M1 and 40 places in M2 (in addition to those students completing M1). On average, each year, between 20 and 25% of total applicants to M1 are admitted, and between 10 and 15% for the M2 (in addition to those from partner institutions). All admissions are conditional on the applicant gaining the degree necessary for access to the desired Masters level (degree or equivalent for entry to M1; M1 or equivalent for entry to M2). The certificate of achievement will be demanded, in September, during the enrolment process.

5/ In practice, how can I apply?
In 2015, the application process is 100% online through www.pse-application.eu. You will be able to create your own “candidate profile”, fill your personal information and upload the requested documents. You will be able to follow the status of your profile once you have submitted it. Applications must be written in French or English. An official translation of all documents in languages other than French, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Latin is required.

6/ How can I be sure that my application has been taken into account?
Once you’ve completed and validated your application, you will receive an automatic email of confirmation. Then, on your candidate profile, you will be able to check the status of your application: in progress, missing files…

7/ Am I eligible for the APE programme? What are the prerequisites for M1 entry?
For entrance in M1: an undergraduate degree (e.g. Bachelors) equivalent to the French Licence in economics or mathematics. Masters applicants must have an advanced command of the English language as well as of basic qualitative methods. For entrance in M2: a master’s degree (one year of study avec the undergraduate degree). Applicants that are unsure as to whether they have the necessary preparation for the M1 program are strongly encouraged to do these exercises. Applicants that are unable to complete them presumably do not have the preparation necessary to take M1 classes.

8/ Is it possible to apply into M2 directly?
All candidates are individually evaluated by the admissions committee. Certain applicants can enter directly the M2 year, if they have already taken and passed coursework that provides a level of preparation equivalent to that of Year 1 of the APE programme (microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics). As a result, students who request direct admission into M2 must provide a clear and complete list of their past coursework. The committee can also extend an offer of admission into M1 for candidates with interesting profiles but an insufficient background.

9/ Why is it necessary to submit a detailed description of past coursework?
Transcripts don’t provide sufficient information as to the content of applicants’ previous coursework in other institutions of higher education. Please provide a detailed description of courses that you have taken. Only chose courses pertinent to your master’s application. If you have gone to engineering school, there is no need to list all of your coursework, only those courses which are relevant to economics. It is useless to photocopy your entire university curriculum brochure; 5 to 10 lines per course are sufficient to explain the concepts and textbook(s) used in class. This information is very important for the evaluators who will have your application in hand as they make an admission decision. Therefore, be clear and precise in your presentation.

10/ How to proceed with my letters of recommendation?
Please note that there is no specific format for letters of recommendation: the more personalized and detailed they are, the better we can learn to know the candidate’s skills. When you fill the information in your online profile, you enter details (name, email) about your referees. They will receive an automatic email with a link allowing them to upload their letter of recommendation. Therefore, inform them about that before confirming their details in your application profile.

11/ After the application is sent, is there an interview?
No. Candidates are admitted exclusively on the basis of their application.

12/ Is there a distance learning option or a night programme?
APE is a full-time programme. There is no distance learning option, nor is there a night programme. However, candidates who think they might want or need to take an extra year to complete the master programme can request it. In total, only one extra year can be granted over the course of the master (which has to be completed in maximum three years starting from M1 or two years starting from M2). Such extra time will not be granted automatically and if so, it will require individual study plan arrangements and approval from the program director. Candidates who wish to continue working in addition to the master should bear in mind that it will also require adjustments in their work schedule approved by their employer. Under no circumstances is it possible to work full-time and complete the master at the same time. Candidates wishing to take advantage of this option, must state clearly their motivation for such a request in a dedicated letter.