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Applications - selection/admission (APE)

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.


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. Once submitted, you can follow the follow the status of your application on line. Applications must be made in French or in English. Official translations of all documents in languages other than French or English is required.

Application deadline (over): March 3, 2019.

Note: you can apply both in APE and PPD programmes, however within each programme 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.

Academic prerequisites

The APE Masters is open to all students, French and foreign, who hold a degree or the equivalent, for admission to the first year of the Masters (M1). For admission to the second year (M2), the qualification required is an M1 or equivalent. The admissions process for the M1 and the M2 is identical. Masters applicants must have an advanced command of the English language as well as of basic qualitative methods.
There are certain prerequisites for admission to the APE Masters:

  • In English: Non-anglophone 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.
  • In mathematics: Applicants must demonstrate excellent capacities for mastering the quantitative tools that are an essential element of APE training. We invite applicants to evaluate their level of knowledge in mathematics.
  • 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 the Ecandidat Applications website : Applications will be open from February 15 to February 28, 2019. 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

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.


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 results will be available in April 2019 (between April 8 and April 12) via