Doctoral School

JSBE Doctoral Programme in Economics

University of Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics (JSBE) offers the degree of Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) for promising students in economics. Here we provide a short description of JSBE Doctoral Programme for economics students. A description targeted at doctoral students in business is provided in another document.

Short Study Guide

Economics at the University of Jyväskylä is a member of the Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics (FDPE). The FDPE is a joint doctoral programme of ten economics departments in Finland.


FDPE courses and seminars in Helsinki are freely available for doctoral students of the JSBE (in economics). The FDPE core studies consist of courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory and econometrics. The FDPE also offers special courses and research seminars. Naturally, doctoral students also give seminar presentations at the JSBE.

In Jyväskylä, doctoral-level course work is organized by the doctoral school of the JSBE and Methodology Centre for Human Sciences (IHME). Some courses are given in Finnish and some in English. JSBE’s doctoral school organizes courses and research seminars, and it tutors academic work in cooperation with the relevant professors. For example, doctoral school gives courses in research methods as well as academic writing and publishing. In addition, in JSBE seminar prominent researchers in economics are invited to give talks about their recent work and developments in their field of study. The IHME offers e.g. training and events on research methodology and philosophy of science across faculty boundaries.

In addition to course work and seminars, written (usually article-based) thesis is required for the doctoral degree in economics. See also the document “Examination of a doctoral dissertation” and the more extensive study guide for doctoral students at the JSBE. JSBE doctoral school is a part of University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies. Please see also their instructions for doctoral studies.

Although most doctoral students in economics study full time, it is also possible to study part time, particularly, if the student works simultaneously in a research institute. This research activity can support dissertation work. Regardless whether he or she is studying full or part time, requirements for the doctoral dissertation and course work are same in both cases.

Requirements for Applying

Admitted students are assumed to have a strong background in economics. Namely, Master’s degree in economics or equivalent knowledge is required. The methodological initial level requirement for the doctoral degree is a basic studies block either in mathematics or statistics, or corresponding knowledge. However, it is recommended to include more of these studies in the Master’s degree.

Admitted students should also show interest in the areas of economics on which the research at the JSBE focuses on, namely spatial labour market analysis, economics of entrepreneurship and firms, or macro-finance (for more details, see below). Doctoral students will specialize in one of these research areas.

Applying for the JSBE Doctoral Programme

The application procedure is same for business and economics students for business and economics students. Please see our website for a formal application procedure.

Funding, Fees and Living Costs

Although currently all our doctoral students have full-time funding for their studies, admission to the JSBE Doctoral Programme does not guarantee it. Together with the doctoral students, the economics faculty is seeking full-time funding for its doctoral students. The funding channels include Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation, JSBE doctoral student grants, and Academy of Finland.

Doctoral students do not have to pay tuition fees in Finland. However, they do not get undergraduate students' discounts either (except for some 18% discount from university food). More information on living costs are available here. For example, normal price for university food is 5.60 euro. Note that trains are quite expensive in Finland (e.g. Jyväskylä - Helsinki around 55 euro), but you can get the tickets cheaper if you buy them at least one week in advance.

In the first registration, new doctoral students may have to pay a small registration fee (~35 euro), if you are not already (active) in the University of Jyväskylä register.

Economics Research at the JSBE

At the JSBE, the research in economics focuses on three areas:

  • spatial labour market analysis, which integrates regional economics and labour economics
  • economics of entrepreneurship and firms
  • macrofinance.

In addition to these areas, research on questions related to education economics and health economics are contacted increasingly at the JSBE. At all areas, the research is strongly empirical. See also the list of recent refereed journal articles published by the economics faculty and the list of our faculty.

Links to Additional Materials



JSBE research seminar

Seminar for everyone interested in high quality research in economics and business economics (program).