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For September 2019

Applications on are open from January 1, 2019 to March 3, 2019. You can download the list of required documents to prepare your applications file.
Acceptance will be announced via pse-application between April 8 and April 12, 2019.

Minimum requirements for entering into the Masters Programme

Pre-requisites for entering the M1:

  • A Bachelor’s degree, especially in economics; mathematics or social sciences.
  • The required level of mathematics corresponds to appendices B and C of the book: “Introductory Econometrics” of J. Wooldridge. These appendices include some exercises for the candidates self-testing.

Pre-requisites for entering the M2:
Certain applicants can enter directly into 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 PPD Programme (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and public policy evaluation).

Candidates requesting an extra year to complete the masters

The PPD Programme is full-time. There is no distance learning option, nor is there a night programme. However, students that wish to continue working or concurrently pursue another degree programme in addition to the PPD Masters can request an extra year to complete the masters. Candidates wishing to take advantage of this option, must state it clearly in their application file. These candidates should bear in mind that it will require adjustements in their work schedule approved by their employer or the manager of the other training they attend.
Under no circumstances is it possible to work full-time and complete the PPD programme at the same time. Only applications from candidates demonstrating strong working capacities - in addition to the initial training required and a strong motivation; will be accepted.

Regarding the admission process:
All candidates are individually evaluated by the admissions committee.
Each file is individually reviewed by faculty members and debated upon during the admission committee meeting.

Each year we offer between 20 and 25 seats in the first year of the PPD masters programme and between 10 and 15 for candidates applying for a direct admission into the second year.
Among all the applications we receive each year, including candidates from partner institutions, on the average, about 10% is successful for the M1; the same percentage applies for the M2.

The committee can also extend an offer of admission into M1 for candidates applying into M2 if their academic curriculum does not meet the requirements of a direct admission into the 2nd year.

Formal Registration

All admission is conditional upon obtaining the degree required for admission into the masters year requested. Proof of having obtained the necessary diploma will be asked for during registration (inscription administrative) in September.

From a formal viewpoint, PPD Master students are registered at the Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (the degrees are also delivered by the EHESS); students who belong to Ecole normale supérieure or Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées register in those schools."

Registration fees

The university fees are annual and set by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in France.

At the present* the amount of the registration fees are around 250 euros per year, plus 90 euros contribution to the student and campus life (CVEC), that you need to pay to the CROUS. There are no additional charges for studying at PSE.

*The French government has announced an increase in registration fees up to € 3,800 for the Master’s degree for foreign students coming outside the European Union who are entering a new cycle of studies. The law has not yet been voted, we will update the website as soon as we have more information.

External Students

The courses offered by the PPD graduate programme are open in priority to the students registered into the Masters programme. However, if space availability allows it, they can also be open to:

  • students registered in programs of the partner institutions,
  • PhD students who wish to validate courses of the Masters for their PhD,

If you are interested in attending some of the courses offered by the PPD programme, please contact the secretariat.

Contact Information

Questions about students’ life? Contact SYNAPSE, the association of PSE students!

Pauline Marmin, Programme Secretariat
Paris School of Economics
48, boulevard Jourdan - 75014 Paris - FRANCE
Tél. : +33 1 80 52 19 44
Office opening hours : Monday to Thursday from 15:30 to 17:30 and Friday from 15:00 to 17:00