The MPhil and PhD in economics, econometrics, and finance is a challenging program building upon the quantitative and analytical paradigms developed in the discipline.
Students in more business oriented undergraduate programs can improve their admission possibilities by extending their curriculum with some quantitative course work (e.g., linear algebra, mathematical statistics and probability theory, calculus). Students from more quantitative programs benefit from some initial coursework in micro or macroeconomics.
Students opting for the more challenging Advanced Econometrics track in their first year, should have completed a solid Econometrics course at the level of a graduate economics program.
Due to the number of applications we receive it is not possible to offer individual feedback on your chances of being accepted to the MPhil program. The admissions board will evaluate your application as a whole. You are advised to check the admission requirements and to read the section in the program brochure about the right preparations for the program (section 3.6) to see whether you feel comfortable with the content of the textbooks there.
If you are a Chinese national (even if you are currently living outside China) and you are admitted to the TI MPhil program, you will need a NUFFIC Certificate to be eligible for a Dutch entry visa. A NUFFIC Certificate is a document issued by NUFFIC that provides an assessment of your English language proficiency and of the authenticity of your educational degrees and diplomas.
One of the documents required for a NUFFIC certificate is an English proficiency test report. Only IELTS (academic) or TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) tests are accepted by NUFFIC.
Important notice: Meeting the TI admission criteria does not automatically lead to meeting the criteria for the NUFFIC certificate.
Tinbergen Institute requires the GRE (revised) general test. You should complete all 3 sections:
Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.
No. TI requires the GRE (revised) General Test results from all applicants, without exceptions. No other tests are accepted.
Successful applicants typically perform among the top-10% of test-takers on the quantitative part of the GRE; applicants with a Q score below 160 will not be considered.
Both language tests are accepted by TI. For the Nuffic certificate an IELTS academic or TOEFL iBT score is required.
Yes, you can by:
For Chinese nationals an IELTS academic or TOEFL iBT score report is always required for the NUFFIC certificate.
Also see FAQ about special admission criteria for Chinese nationals?
Minimum scores required are:
If your score is lower than the minimum requirement, we recommend to improve your English level and to retake the test.
Chinese nationals also read the requirements for the NUFFIC certificate.
TI‘s institutional code is 3811.
Without GRE and Toefl/IELTS test scores your file is not complete. In case your official test score report has not arrived yet, you may upload a screen shot of the ETS page that shows your GRE or Toefl scores.
No. We advise you to re-take the test and participate in the next admission round.
GRE scores are valid for five years after the test date. TOEFL and IELTS scores have a two year validity period.
Yes, the application fee is $ 50.00
TI requests to upload the following document:
You will also need to provide names and email addresses of two individuals who are prepared to act as references.
Incomplete files will not be considered.
GRE and Toefl/IELTS scores must meet TI’s minimum requirements.
It is possible to fill out the application form and upload your documents in multiple sessions. Do not forget to save before you close the form. Once you have submitted, you can no longer make any changes. Contact the admissions officer in case you would like to make changes.
You can use ‘Review Application’ at the end of your application form in Embark to check if you have answered all the required questions and uploaded the required documents. We advise you to double check your entire application for completeness. Also make sure to remind your referees to submit their reference letters on your behalf before the admission deadline. You can check the status of your recommendation letters when you login to your application in Embark. You will also be notified by (automated) email if your recommender has submitted your online recommendation in Embark. Files that are not complete (incl. reference letters) at the deadline will not be reviewed.
After preliminary acceptance you will need to submit certified copies of grade transcripts and diploma’s (never send us the original diploma’s).
A certified copy is a photocopy with an endorsement or stamp that states that it’s a true copy of the primary document. You can certify copies of your documents at your school or sometimes at the municipality or notary.
Yes, you will need to apply again and upload all required documents.
All complete files will be reviewed in the month after the February 1 admission deadline. You can expect an admission decision within five weeks. After February 15, rolling admission. You can expect to hear from TI within five weeks.
The TI website and our online admission program provide detailed information. If you still have questions, please address email@example.com. Any other address you use will cause delay.
No, this is not possible. Tinbergen Institute is a gateway to PhD positions for students who completed TI’s MPhil program.
For PhD positions we refer to the job openings at the universities.
The graph shows the structure of degrees of the entering students. All MPhil students hold at least a bachelor degree; many hold already a master degree (MSc, one year master program). Most of them still find TI courses very demanding.
Almost 90% of the students have a background in economics; others are trained in for example computer sciences or mathematics , or have completed a liberal arts and sciences bachelor program at one of the Dutch University Colleges.
TI MPhil students are registered at one of the 3 TI universities (Erasmus University, University of Amsterdam or VU University). The affiliation of the student plays no role in access to courses, supervisors or PhD opportunities: after the completion of the MPhil program VU students may transfer to EUR or UvA and vice versa without any problem. Diplomas are awarded by the university of registration and by Tinbergen Institute.
About 85% of the TI MPhil students continue in a PhD track at TI. At the 3 economics faculties participating in Tinbergen Institute, PhD positions are allocated to most graduates of the TI MPhil program. Additional positions are available with external funding (from NWO and other sources). All (senior) TI research fellows, researchers with excellent international credentials, are available for thesis supervision.
Usually, if the match between student and supervisor is successful, the MPhil thesis supervisor is also the PhD thesis supervisor in the PhD phase of the program. PhD students in the Netherlands are fully employed and have a good salary.
In the master phase of the program a tuition fee is charged to all students. Tuition fees are due until all MPhil examinations, including the MPhil thesis, are passed. The tuition fees are determined annually by the Dutch government and the universities.
|EEA national||€ 2,006|
|non-EEA national||€ 12,000|
|students holding a Dutch MSc degree||€ 12,000|
Tinbergen Institute recognizes that talented students who already earned a Dutch master degree may be discouraged by the high tuition fee. Therefore these students are eligible to apply for a TI scholarship.
In the PhD phase no tuition fees are charged.
Tinbergen Institute awards scholarships based on merit. The scholarship program started in 2005 and is financed by the departments participating in TI. Applicants who wish to compete for a TI scholarship should indicate this on the online application form. These applicants are advised to submit their application as early as possible, preferably by the priority deadline of February 1. For more information, please visit the scholarships section in our website.
TI runs its own merit-based scholarship program for students in the research master program. Over the years, we offered scholarships to some 50% of the students that entered the program. Percentages are even higher for second year students. In the second year, the vast majority of the students gets additional income from part-time appointments as teaching or research assistant.
Students in the programs’ PhD phase are typically employed by one of the TI departments as PhD researchers. These are full-time positions that come with all the benefits of employment, including a good salary.
For more information: see our scholarship pages
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and explain your case. TI will provide the necessary documents.
The core (first-year) program leaves little or no time for any jobs. For second year students Tinbergen Institute offers a number of teaching assistantships. Many second-year MPhil students also find other research assistantships in one of the TI departments connected with MPhil thesis research.
Also see Nuffic pages working while studying.
Depending on their academic background, students may want to prepare academically for one or more core sequences before they come to TI.
For them we composed a reading list.
In the case of true overlap between individual MPhil courses and earlier coursework, exemptions from class attendance and homework assignments, but not from final exams, may be granted. This will be determined in an intake interview with the Director of Graduate Studies at the start of the academic year.
No, you can‘t. MPhil courses are at an advanced, PhD level, and are challenging even to students who already hold advanced master degrees.