Ph.D. and Quantitative Master of Science (MSQ)
GSEFM offers four Ph.D. programs in Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Marketing. Each one of them includes a two-year cycle of courses for students arriving with a Bachelor degree, with a fast-track option of only one year of course work for those arriving with a quantitative Master degree in the relevant discipline (students who opt for the fast-track option must initially pass the Qualifying Examinations taken at the end of the first year by students enrolling in the full two-year cycle). The curricula of all programs pay special attention to helping students with a smooth transition from the course phase to the dissertation writing phase. They also contain various structural elements in the dissertation writing phase (including a third-year research paper requirement, a guided teaching requirement, transferable skills courses, and a job market course), intended to help students to complete their doctoral education and present themselves in the job market in the most effective way.
The Ph.D. programs are complemented by four corresponding, research-oriented Master programs in Quantitative Accounting, Quantitative Economics, Quantitative Finance and Quantitative Marketing, collectively called "Quantitative Master of Science" or "MSQ" programs. Students in these programs participate in the same set of analytically rigorous and quantitatively oriented courses as the Ph.D. students. Those who complete the first MSQ program year with strong success have the option to join the corresponding Ph.D. program from the second year of studies onwards, and are strongly encouraged to do so.
The structure and curricula of all programs allow students to earn both an MSQ and a Ph.D. degree in a total of four years. The time to graduate with a Ph.D. degree in practice is often driven by job market considerations, that is, ensuring that the research portfolio allows to succeed in a competitive environment.