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PPD Applications

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For September 2020

Applications for the year 2020 open on January 1, 2020 via the www.pse-application.eu 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 www.pse-application.eu. 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 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 in economics, with good knowledge of micro, macro and economestrics.
  • A strong level in mathematics.The required level of mathematics corresponds to appendices B and C of the book: “Introductory Econometrics” of J. Wooldridge. These appendices include some exercises that you are strongly advised to try before applying.
  • The M1 is very demanding: you will have many assignments, tutorials and projects each week. Be ready to work every day after class including most of the week-end and the holidays. There will be at most one week revision break before the exams: you are expected to be able to organize yourself during the year and work for the exam while learning new materials and preparing your assignments.
  • Upon admission, you will be required to validate your knowledge in Statistics and Microeconomics using an online platform, Didask. This online platform provides tests and exercises meant to refresh your memory before school starts. This is not a course: you are assumed to know these notions already and work on a series of (sometimes tough) questions while referring to a textbook or a previous course. Please organize your summer break schedule accordingly.

Pre-requisites for entering the M2:
A few 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 (in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and public policy evaluation).

Candidates requesting an extra year to complete the masters

The PPD Master is a full-time program. There is no distance learning option or a night program.
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).
Students that wish to 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 adjustments in their work schedule approved by the manager of the other course 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.

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 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.
Since the 2019 entrance the French government has announced an increase in the 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. The law has been voted. However, our partner institutions have been able to exempt international students from paying the full fees this academic year. They were able to give a waiver and allow all the students to pay the same amount of 250 euros per year, plus 90 euros contribution to the student and campus life (CVEC), that students need to pay to the CROUS. We can now confirm you that our partner institutions will be able to propose again waivers to the international students in 2020-2021 so they can pay the same enrollment fees as the French students.

PPD Scholarship:
The PPD master offer a few scholarships to M1 students who are (exclusively) citizens of a middle or low-income country (see the list of eligible countries), conditional on their financial resources.
The amount of the scholarship is 7,500 euros, 5,000 euros received in M1 and 2,500 euros received in M2, the latter under the condition of full completion of the M1 within a year and provided that the financial situation has not improved.
Eligible candidates can apply to this scholarship while applying to the PPD program. To do so, in the “about your application”, tick “yes” to the “do you wish to apply to the PSE scholarship” and upload the required documents:

  1. a personal statement mentioning your family and own resources
  2. official documents justifying those resources (pay sheets, tax statements, former scholarship entitlement, etc.) More information in the dedicated brochure.

Candidates are also encouraged to apply to other sources of fundings.

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

  • Send an email to master-ppd psemail.eu