SDU Ph.D.Program of Economics in English
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What is the program about?

The Center for Economic Research was established in 2001 as an extension of the Property Rights Research Center founded in 1996. It is an economic research and talent development institution working under the auspices of Shandong University.

The program is designed for students who have knowledge of Economics or are interested in Economics. Through theories and practical applications, the program explores various courses including institutional economics, econometrics, experimental economics, law and economics, mathematical economics, financial economics, etc. Students acquire knowledge and skills through a combination of lectures, seminars and thesis.

How long does the program last?

The four-year PhD program is fully taught in English. Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a PhD’s Degree in Economics, recognized by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants should have a master’s degree in Economics or related areas. Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Program Structure

Core Courses

Advanced Macroeconomics

Advanced Microeconomics


Frontier Lecture

Professional English

Institutional Economics

Optional Courses

Selected readings of Frontier Literature

Game Theory

Law and Development

*PhD students can take master’s optional courses as well.

Credit Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 19 credits, in which, Advanced Macroeconomics, Advanced Microeconomics, Econometrics, Professional English, Frontier Lecture and Institutional Economics are compulsory courses.

Thesis Requirements

Students can defend their dissertation in the third year, and students have to past their dissertation to graduate.

Graduation Requirements

Before graduate students can be officially admitted to degree candidacy, they must satisfy the following requirements:

a. Minimum of 19 credits must be completed

b. Dissertation must be passed


A list of scholarships for prospective and current students can be found at  

Highlights of the Program

Teaching staffs of the Center for Economic Research possess doctoral degrees from famous universities in China and abroad. Most of them have worked or have had post doctoral stints in foreign universities for one year or more. Some researches of the center for Economic Research have ranked at the forefront of leading research in China.


Registration Fee: 400 RMB   Tuition: 32,000RMB/year   Medical Insurance: 800RMB/year

Online Application

“Online Application System” is available for prospective international students, and please enters for getting more details, submitting application and tracking application status.

Contact Information

International Admission Office            Center for Economic Research

Department of International Affairs         Email:,

Email:             Tel: 0531-88364128, 0531-88363677

Tel: +86-(0)531 88364854      

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