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MSE invites applications from the eligible candidates for Full time or Part time Ph. D. Program in Economics for the Academic Year 2024-25.

Award of Degree: Awarded by the Madras School of Economics under its degree granting power as per MSE Act 2020.

Rules and Regulations: The guidelines and rules for full-time and part-time PhD program are available in Ordinance 3 (in MSE website)

Faculty and Ph.D. Scholar Profiles: Please visit the profiles of faculty members:; PhD Research Scholars: and PhD Alumni:

Eligibility for Full time or Part time Ph.D. Program:

(i) M.A/M.Sc or M.Phil Degree in Economics, Finance from UGC/AICTE/approved institutions including institutions of national and state importance.

(ii) At least 55% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade to percentage) at Master’s degree; A relaxation of 5% of marks (i.e., 55% to 50%, or equivalent grade) may be allowed for SC/ST/MBC/OBC/Differently-Abled candidates.

(iii) Applicants with valid qualifying tests scores in any one of the following tests is preferred:

UGC-JRF; UGC-NET; GATE-Economics; State level SET in Economics; Any other test approved by Nation Testing Agency for PhD admissions in Economics to an Indian University/Institution.

(iv)   Those who do not have any of these test scores should write entrance test conducted by MSE a day before the interview.

(v)  Part-time candidate should provide employment letter and no objection letter from the employer when the selection results of the candidates are announced. The format for NOC shall be shared by MSE at the time of announcement of the results.

Research Areas: Preference will be given to candidates interested in research areas of Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Public Economics, Macro, Industrial Organization, International Trade, Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, Behavioural Finance, Asset Pricing.

Research FellowshipMeritorious candidates (excluding those with UGC JRF) in the Economics program may be considered for Dr. Devaki Muthiah & Dr. A.C. Muthiah Research Scholarship and MSE Institutional fellowship for a period of three years (extendable to maximum of one more year based on performance) from the date of joining.

How to Apply: Eligible candidates can submit an online application form with basic details and upload a few supporting documents in digital form. The list of documents is given in the application form.

Admission Procedures:

(i) The applicants will submit an online application form with basic details and upload a few supporting documents in digital (scanned) form which should be attested either by a gazetted officer or a notary public. The list of documents is in the application form.

(ii)  On that basis, only shortlisted applicants will be called for the admission test.

(iii) The candidate shall be considered eligible for shortlisting if they have (a) minimum of 55% (50% for SC/ST) in the last qualifying degree and (b) who have entrance exam score from any of these JRF/NET/SET/GATE/CAT/any NTA conducted PhD entrance test score. In the absence of a national/state level entrance test score the candidate shall appear for a written test conducted at MSE. The shortlisted candidates based on ranking in (b) shall appear for an interview and the final ranking will be on the interview scores with a minimum of 50%.

Note: Decision of the selection committee will be final and candidates will be selected as per supervisor availability in the area of their research interest. All supporting documents will be verified with the originals at the time of joining and in case of is any discrepancy, the admission shall be cancelled.

Written Test and Interview Procedure:

(i) The written test for those applicants without any prior test score will be for a maximum duration of 45 minutes and candidates must answer two questions of 15 marks each.

(ii) Candidates will have to answer one question from Section A and one question from Section B. There will be four questions in each section to choose from.

(iii) Section A on Quantitative Methods will include topics in Mathematical Methods, Operations Research, Statistics and Econometrics. Section B on Economics will include topics listed in the UGC-NET syllabus with emphasis on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and topics on Indian Economy.

(iv) The personal interview will cover topics listed in the written test and also on the research interest mentioned in the statement of purpose.

(v) Personal interview will be conducted by a panel of faculty from MSE. The interview will online for all candidates except for those candidates who will appear for the written test at MSE and hence will have in person interview.


Important dates

Last date for submitting filled in application: Monday, 22 April, 2024
Written Test if applicable: Tuesday, 14th May, 2024
Interview Dates: Tuesday, 14th May, 2024 and Wednesday, 15th May, 2024
Date of joining Ph.D. program: Last week of June or First week of July 2024

Ph.D. Admission – Notification

Ordinance 3
PhD Advertisement 2024-25
Application Form


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