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Doctoral Degree Program in Theoretical Economics (Nation Development) at National School of Development, Peking University


This doctoral program is an English program offered by the National School of Development at Peking University. The program is aimed at cultivating cross-disciplinary talents with strong knowledge and competence required for national development. Participants will learn not only theories in this regard, but more importantly, how to apply the theories to practice.


1.      Number of Students to be Admitted

We are going to admit 10 overseas students in year 2017.

2.      Program Duration

This is a 4-year program, but participants are allowed to complete the program within a period of 3-5 years. The language of instruction is English.

3.  Application Requirements

1)      Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens, and have attained a master degree.

2)      Competitive applicants should have good academic performance, strong references, and some research experience, with a senior position in government agency, international organization, institution of higher education, media, etc.;

3)      Applicants whose native language is not English or whose college studies were completed in a language other than English, must provide evidence of English proficiency—TOEFL, GRE or IELTS.


4.       Application Deadline

Online application is open from Oct. 15 till November 30, 2016. All required application documents must be received on or before November 30, 2016. The documents should be sent to the following address:


Nation Development Program, Room 105

National School of Development, Peking University

No. 5, Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China



5.       Application Materials

  1. Completed application form for international students. Please visit, complete the application form online and print it out. The printed form should be signed and have a photo posted on it.
  1. Original bachelor and master degree certificates in Chinese or English or notarized copies in Chinese or English;
  1. Official bachelor and master transcripts in Chinese or English or notarized copies in Chinese or English;
  2. A 1-2 page personal statement in English, outlining the applicant’s interests and reasons for seeking the degree.
  1. Two original recommendation letters in Chinese or English. The referees should be professors or persons with comparable titles.
  1. Applicants whose native language is not English or whose college studies were completed in a language other than English are required to submit one of the following documents as evidence of language proficiency: TOEFL of no less than 100, GRE of no less than 1300, or IELTS of no less than 7.0.
  2. A copy of valid passport.
  1. Table of contents and abstracts of academic publications and any other original achievement in the applicant’s field of study.
  2. Five 2-inch photos in hard copy.


Note: Two copies of the above application materials are required. The envelope must be marked “Application for Ph. D in Theoretical Economics Program (Nation Development)”. None of the application materials will be returned.


  1. Application Fee

800 RMB payable in cash, by UnionPay card, or through online payment (please follow the instructions on the website Other currencies or travel checks are not accepted. The application fee is non-refundable. Please note that incomplete application materials or application with application fee unpaid will not be processed.



7.  Admission Evaluation

Initial screening: The admission committee of the National School of Development selects qualified students based on application information.


Interview: Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview at the National School of Development, Peking University in April. Interviews will be conducted in English, and exact dates will be announced at a due time.  


Admission: An official admission notice will be sent to the admitted candidates by the end of June, 2017.


8.      Registration Period

September 2017 (specified in the Admission Notice).

  1. Tuition Fee

RMB 47,500 per year, RMB 190,000 for the whole program.


10.  Scholarships

Scholarships from the Chinese government and Peking University are available to international students. For more information, please visit the following websites:, 


11.  Degree Conference

A doctoral degree in Theoretical Economics will be conferred to the program participant after his/her successful completion of required credits and dissertation.


12.  Contact Information


National School of Development

Telephone: (86-10)-62766005

Fax: (86-10)-62766005



International Students Division, Office of International Relations

Telephone: (86-10)-6275 1230, (86-10)-6275 2747, (86-10)-6275 9398

Fax: (86-10)-6275 1233