Entrance exams

The criteria for admission include meeting a minimum score on the entrance exams.

Applicants should pass the following entrance exams:

  • Economics and Interview (by KSE)
  • English, Mathematics and Field (by KNU)

KSE Exams

The Economics Exam is designed to measure the applicant’s ability to:

  • understand economic basic concepts;
  • apply mathematical methods to solving fundamental economic problems;
  • apply basic economic reasoning to everyday issues.

Previous specialization in economics is not required for admission to the KSE.  

Recommended literature:

Campbell R McConnell and Stanley L Brue: Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies.
(Good knowledge of the material from this book is sufficient to successfully complete the Economics Part)

Additional literature (more advanced treatment of the topics):
  1. Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley Fischer, Richard Startz, Macroeconomics// Irwin, McGraw-Hill;
  2. N.Gregory Mankiw, Macroeconomics // Worth Publishers;
  3. Robert N. Pindyck, Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Microeconomics// Prentice Hall.


Applicants will have an interview in English with two professional economists. The interviewers will ask questions about the applicant’s educational and professional background, academic and career goals, English-language proficiency, as well as about the applicant’s familiarization with the KSE curriculum. The interview may also include a discussion of the candidate’s application documents. 

Two tips for preparation to the interview: 

1. Know the program and its curriculum: know what courses are taught in the first and the second years of study (both the names of the courses and their contents are given on the KSE website). Some students only discover at the admission interview that the economics that is taught at the KSE is quite different from the economics taught at the majority of MA Programs in Ukraine. 

2. Know what is happening around you: read newspaper/listen to news on the radio or watch TV news. It is important that the applicant is aware about the economic/political situation in his/her country and the world.