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Applications - selection/admission (APE)

Applications for the year 2020 open on January 1, 2020 via the application site until March 2, 2020 at 11 pm (Paris time). The admission results will be available between the 13 and the 17 of April 2020 by email and/or via the applications platform.

All APE Masters applicants go through a selective admissions process. They must demonstrate a capacity to complete intensive courses and to acquire the analytical and quantitative tools central to the learning in this programme.

Download the APE brochure created by PSL here.


Application process

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The application process is entirely conducted on line via There you can create your own “Applicant profile”, provide your personal information and upload the required documents. Please note that you can open an application in January and add the documents progressively as long as you make sure that your file is complete and submitted before the final deadline.

Once submitted, you can follow the follow the status of your application on line. Ideally applications must be made in English, but we can also accept them in French. Official translations of all documents in languages other than French or English are required*. The translations must be made by official translators, you cannot do it on your own. On the other hand, there’s no need to add an “apostille” or to have them notary certified.

Application deadline: March 2, 2020 (11 pm, Paris Time). Results will be released by email between April 6 and April 10, 2020 by email and/or via the applications platform.
Please do not wait the final moments to submit your applications. The website is overcharged during the last days, the administrative office is not open during the weekend and you risk seeing your application being denied due to technical bugs.

Note: you can apply both in APE and PPD programs, however within each program you can only submit one application in 1st year (M1) or 2nd year (M2); in other words, you must choose carefully between M1 and M2.

* We can exceptionally accept transcripts in Spanish, Italian or Portuguese for the applications process, but please note that if you are accepted to the program you will most likely be requested to eventually hand in these documents in French.

Academic prerequisites

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  • In English: Non-native english speaker applicants must include with their application file a certificate of competence in English (TOEFL , IELTS , TOEIC, Cambridge ESOL). We demand level B2 (see the table of equivalences). Applicants who have finished international training in courses certified in English are exempted from this requirement. However, in this case we need a letter from the administrative office of your universities mentioning that the language of instructions of your courses was English. If you have studied in an Anglophone country there’s no need for any document of course.
  • Regarding the fundamentals of economics, candidates are supposed to master, in terms of breadth of knowledge and depth of learning, the material that corresponds to the one presented in the following textbooks:
    > Microeconomics: Intermediate Microeconomics, H.Varian, Norton, 8th Edition (2010)
    > Macroeconomics: Macroeconomics, O.J.Blanchard, Pearson, 7th Edition (2017)
    > Econometrics:
    >> Introductory Econometrics - A modern approach, J. Wooldridge, South-Western - Cengage Learning, 5th Edition (2012) (Chapters 1-4, 6, and 7 plus corresponding appendix)
    >> Introduction to the theory of econometrics, J.Magnus (2017), VU Univ. Press (Chapters 1-2 + Appendix B1 and B3)
    The micro-, macro- and econometrics sequences of courses in M1 will build on this basic knowledge without reviewing it in details
  • For direct admission to the second year of the Masters, students must have basic training in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, equivalent to the obligatory courses in the first year of the APE Masters.

Applicants from “classes préparatoires”

The APE Masters, according to Décret n°2007-692 du 3 mai 2007, opens its doors - upon application – to students who have completed three years of classes préparatoires and gained 180 ECTS credits. The admissions procedure is the same as for candidates completing other curricula.

Applicants from partner institutions (EHESS, ENS, Ecole des Ponts Paris-Tech, Uni. Paris 1)

The modalities for the admission of applicants from APE Masters partner institutions are designed in accordance with the conventions established with these establishments. Paris 1 students (Magistère) and ENS Ulm students apply in M1 APE. Ecole des Ponts ParisTech students can potentially join APE in M2, depending on their previous education.

  • For students coming from Paris 1 or QEM applying to the APE master program: you also have the possibility to apply on “Ecandidat website” of Paris 1. Applications will be open from 17 February until the 28 February 2020. You should apply on only one of the platforms (PSE Applications or Ecandidat - and not on both). Priority should be given to PSE Applications, but even if you apply on Ecandidate your file will be evaluated.

Applicants requesting different study arrangements

The APE programme is full time. There is no formula for distance education, nor for evening courses. Nevertheless, students wishing to continue a professional activity or to participate in another training programme at the same time can request the possibility of completing their Masters in three years (that is, a year longer than usual).

Those wishing to benefit from this possibility must clearly state so in their application. They must also keep in mind that this will require that they make also arrangements with their employer or the director of their other study programme. In no circumstances will it be possible to work full time and do the APE course. Only those whose applications demonstrate that they have a great capacity for work and are very highly motivated will be granted the right to this variation in the study formula.


Evaluation of applications by the admissions panel

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All applications will be evaluated by the admissions panel. Each application is evaluated independently by two teacher-researchers and discussed during a final selection session.

The panel can, in exceptional circumstances, delay its decision on an applicant’s admission if the dossier is missing some crucial information.

The panel can also propose that someone applying for admission to M2 be admitted instead to M1 if their academic record does not meet the standards required for admission directly to M2, or ask that the applicant submit to M2 entry tests. The applicants concerned will receive all the information necessary to prepare for these tests.
Please note though that these proposals are very exceptional. Only two or three students are being proposed an M1 entry if they applied for M2. So you must evaluate your level very carefully and apply for the right program.

  • Head of APE programme: Bernard Caillaud and Jean-Philippe Tropeano
  • Teaching Secretary: Roxana Ban


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.

The admission results will be available between the 13 and the 17 of April 2020 by email and/or via the pse-application platform (due to the coronavirus situation, the release period of the APE results, initially scheduled between April 6 and April 10, has been delayed by a week).

Student Representation

Each year, the students elect two representatives for each program-year (i.e. two for M1 and two for M2). The elections are held at the beginning of October.
Students association: SYNAPSE
The Synapse Association has two main goals. One the one hand, its objective is to organize parties and cultural events in and outside PSE to promote a “school spirit” and increase students’ occasions to meet and share good times together. On the other hand, it has the ambition to be a complement to the resources that the PSE programs already provide to the students. The goal is to strengthen the relations with the Alumni and to build great opportunities (internships, round tables...) for the students at PSE and their future professional paths. Subscribing to the students’ association should be a reflex to all the PSE students. Come to meet us in Room 1-01!