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For September 2020

Applications for the year 2020 open on January 1, 2020 via the platform until March 2, 2020 at 11 pm (Paris time). The admission results will be available between the 6 and the 10 of April 2020.

Application process

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. Results will be released by email between April 6 and April 10, 2020
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.

Minimum requirements for entering into the Masters Programme

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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 Program (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and public policy evaluation).

Candidates requesting an extra year to complete the masters

The PPD Program is full-time. It is neither a distance learning option, nor a night program. However, students that wish to continue working or concurrently pursue another degree program 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 program 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.

You are allowed a maximum of 3 years to complete the program if you start in M1 (and 2 years if you start in M2). A gap year does not count in the 3 years.

Regarding the admission process

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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 about 30 slots in the first year of the PPD masters program and between 5 and 10 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 second 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; students who belong to Ecole normale supérieure or received a L3 from a PSL institution (such as Paris-Dauphine or CPES) register at PSL; students who belong to Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées register in that school.

Registration fees

The university fees are annual and set by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in France.
The amount of the registration fees for students from the European Union or students already enrolled at the Master level, 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 € 3,770 for the Master’s degree for foreign students coming outside the European Union who are entering a new cycle of studies. Most intitutions provide waivers for those fees, please consult their registration services for more information.

External Students

The courses offered by the PPD graduate program are open in priority to the students registered into the Masters program. 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 program, please contact the secretariat.

Contact Information

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

Roxana Ban, Program Secretariat
Paris School of Economics
48, boulevard Jourdan - 75014 Paris - FRANCE
Tél. : +33 1 80 52 19 43
Office opening hours : Mon/Tues 15h30-17h30 and Thu/Fri 10h-12h30

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