CentER is a world-class research institute that draws on the academic expertise of some of the most outstanding minds in the field of economics and business.

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Reasons to Choose CentER

There are several good reasons to choose for the CentER graduate programs. Besides providing you with high-quality education and research, we also focus on other aspects of your academic career. Rankings and international experience, for example, are two of our key priorities. Please click on the grey buttons below to learn more.


Our qualifications are recognized and valued around the world. As you can see in the following lists, we are consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Europe.

Economics Ranking

According to the Tilburg University Economics Ranking we are ranked:


  1. London School of Economics and Political Sciences
  2. University of Oxford
  3. University College London
  4. Tilburg University


20.  Cornell University 
21.  University of Maryland
22.  Tilburg University 
23.  University of Amsterdam

Business Ranking

According to the UTD Top 100 Business Schools Research Rankings we are ranked:


  2. London Business School
  3. Tilburg University


28. Georgia Institute of Technology

29. Tilburg University

35. Erasmus University (Rotterdam School of Management)

39. Yale University (School of Management)

International Orientation

CentER attracts scholars from all parts of the world. We value the important role of our international students who make up eighty percent of our student body. As our students come from many different countries and study a wide range of subjects, all of our programs are fully taught in English.

As a CentER student, we also encourage you to visit top international universities during your PhD studies. Our PhD students have, for example, visited Columbia University, Yale University, Oxford University, and New York University.

International student population

The international student population of our Research Master’s program has substantially increased in the past ten years:  

Year International students
2014/2015 75%
2013/2014 78%
2012/2013 79%
2011/2012 85%
2010/2011 73%

We also have a PhD student population coming from abroad:

Year International students
2014/2015 72%
2013/2014 82%
2012/2013 70%
2011/2012 67%
2010/2011 69%

Tutorial Teaching

Being a CentER student has many advantages. Besides being able to take methodological core courses, electives and topics courses, you will attend lectures and seminars from international top scholars. Scholars we have welcomed so far include Michael Ignatieff, Robert F. Engle, John Roberts, Martin S. Feldstein and Daniel Kahneman.

As a student, you are taught in small groups by CentER fellows and visitors from international institutes. In this way, you will have the opportunity to learn from and participate in cutting edge research.

Career Perspectives

Graduates of Tilburg University go on to work in a wide range of academic professions. In order to make this transition as successful as possible, we assist you in preparing for the international job market.

As a Research Master’s student, you have to option of continuing as a PhD student either at Tilburg University or at another university. You may also decide to find work in, for example, a commercial or government sector, or to start as a researcher or consultant.

Our PhD alumni have found positions at different top universities. The following list shows a small selection of PhD alumni hired by universities or research centers in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Selection of PhD alumni hired by US/European/Asian universities/research centers (first placements)

North America

  • Ralph Koijen (finance): University of Chicago
  • Peter Cziraki (finance): University of Toronto
  • Mario Schijven (organization and strategy): Texas A&M University
  • Michal Matejka (accounting): University of Southern California
  • Valeri Nikolaev (accounting): University of Chicago
  • Sabine Kroger (economics): University of Arizona
  • Ester Eiling (finance): Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto
  • Changyin Dang (operations research): University of California (Irvine)
  • Charles Bellemare (economics): University of Laval
  • Reka Krishnan (organization and strategy): Simon Fraser University
  • Anjolein Schmeits (finance): Washington University
  • Titus Galama (economics) : RAND corporation
  • Pierre Carl Michaud (economics): RAND corporation
  • Willemien Kets (economics): Santa Fe Institute (SFI)
  • Michael Kosfeld (economics): Santa Fe Institute (SFI)
  • Chris Muris (economics): Simon Fraser University


  • Peter Szilagyi (finance): Cambridge University
  • Christophe Spaenjers (finance): HEC Paris
  • Enrico Diecidue (economics): INSEAD
  • Johannes Voget (economics): Oxford University
  • Wolf Wagner (economics): Stockholm School of Economics
  • Kim Peijnenburg (finance): Bocconi University (Milan)
  • Crina Pungulescu (finance): University of Toulouse (Business School)
  • Chendi Zhang (finance): University of Warwick
  • Benedikt Goderis (economics): Cambridge University
  • Jan Bouckaert (economics): University of Mannheim
  • Rudy Douven (economics): University of Warwick
  • Greg Pawlina (finance): University of Lancaster
  • Yuping Jia (accounting): University of Mannheim
  • Jana Fidrmuc (finance): University of Warwick
  • Jan Lemmen (economics): London School of Economics
  • Frederica Teppa (economics): University of Lausanne
  • Jun Zhou (economics): University of Bonn
  • Geraldo Cerquiero (finance) : Catolica University of Portugal
  • Alexander Goraiev (finance): New Economic School Moscow
  • Femke van Horen (marketing): University of Cologne
  • Maria Joao Soares Loura (marketing): Nova University Lisbon
  • Patrick Hullegie (economics): VU University Amsterdam
  • Eline van der Heijden (economics): Norwegian School of Economics and Business (Bergen)
  • Anne ter Braan (marketing): University of Leuven
  • Ricardo Recht (organization and strategy): University of Aachen
  • Galla Salganik (finance): Ben Gurion University
  • Maria di Corrado (economics): University College Dublin
  • Greg Trojanowski (finance): University of Exeter
  • Miguel Cunha (O&S): Nova University Lisbon
  • Philipp Geiler (finance): EM Lyon Business School
  • Paula Cunha (marketing): Nova University Lisbon
  • Yang Zhao (finance): University of Cardiff
  • Marta Serra-Garcia (economics) : Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Fangfan Tan (economics): , Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance
  • Christoph Schottmüller (economics): University of Copenhagen
  • Maciej Szymanovski (marketing); Abe de Jong (finance); Peter Roosenboom (finance); Viorel Roscovan (finance); Miguel Rosellon Cifuentes (finance); Stefan Marta Szymanowska (finance) : Erasmus University

Australia and Asia

  • Youtha Cuypers (organization and strategy): University of Hong Kong
  • Ralf van der Lans (marketing): The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Ilya Cuypers (organization and strategy): Singapore Management University
  • Rejie George Pallathitta (finance): Indian Institute of Management
  • Zen Shi (finance): University of Melbourne
  • Ralph Stevens (finance): University of New South Wales
  • Thijs van der Heijden (finance): University of Melbourne
  • Alexander Eapen (organization and strategy): University of Sydney
  • Zongxin Qian (economics): Renmin University

PhD alumni

Selection of PhD alumni hired by International Institutes and Central Banks:

  • Brenda Gonzalez-Hermosillo (economics) : IMF (Washington)
  • Juan-Miguel Londono (finance): Federal Reserve Board (Washington)
  • Peter Jan van Oudheusden (economics): Worldbank (Washington)
  • Piotr Stryszowski (economics): OECD (Paris)
  • Rosalia Vazquez-Alvare (economics): World Health Organization
  • Willem Murhen (economics): Unicef (Geneva)
  • Erik von Schedvin (finance): Riksbank (Swedish central bank)
  • Ron Berndsen (finance); Carin van der Cruijsen (economics); Willem Verhagen (Economics); Dirk Broeders (finance): Dutch Central Bank (DNB)
  • Roel Mehlkopf (finance) and Karen van der Wiel (economics): Central Planning Bureau (Netherlands)
  • Dorothy Singer (Economics): World Bank

PhD alumni in Industry/Consulting/Banking

  • Mark-Jan Boes (finance): ABN Amro
  • Eric Engesaeth (finance): partner Hay Group
  • Rob van de Goorbergh (finance): ABP investment fund
  • Lonneke Driessen (organization and strategy): Philips
  • Norbert Hari (finance): ING bank
  • Nancy Kamp-Roelands (O&S): Ernst & Young
  • Ruud Kleynen (economics): ABP investment fund
  • Marina Martynova (finance): Cornerstone Research (Boston)
  • Andreas Wurth (finance): Quantum Insurance Zurich
  • Maria Gantner (economics): Allianz
  • Paul Nillisen (economics): PricewaterhouseCoopers

Research Facilities

CentER is fully equipped with an impressive array of computer facilities and databases. We also have our own CentERlab, a state-of-the-art laboratory where graduate students, faculty members and visitors can conduct experiments.

As a Research Master’s student, you have access to the modern facilities and full collection of Tilburg University Library. You will also have computer and printing facilities in your own room.

Additionally, we offer special services to our international students, such as help with applying for a visa and finding accommodation.

Global overview of our research facilities

Financial Support

Research Master's students

CentER has its own scholarship program for Research Master’s students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and always include a partial tuition fee waiver for non-EEA students. For the academic year 2015/2016, we awarded ten Koopmans scholarships of €1000 net per month. We also support our students with partial scholarships of €420 net per month. Please see our webpage for more information about financial aid.

PhD students

All PhD candidates at CentER are considered employees of Tilburg University and will receive a starting salary of approximately €2,100 gross per month. This salary increases annually to result in a final salary of approximately €2,700 gross per month. All university salaries are based on collective agreements between Tilburg University and the labor unions representing university employees.