Institutions, Organizations, Economics and Society

Program type Initial Training
Degree Master's
Graduate program(s) Graduate Program in Social Sciences
Domain(s) Humanities & social sciences
Discipline(s) Economics, Business Administration - Management, Social Science, Sociology
Teaching language(s) French, English
Place Paris

PSL host school

Other PSL school(s) contributing to the curriculum


The “Institutions, Organizations, Economics and Society” Master’s degree program is the result of a collaboration between Dauphine - PSL, MINES Paris - PSL and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). This multidisciplinary program, rooted in a “learn by doing” approach to research, is designed to train a new generation of researchers and experts, able to provide fresh insight into the policies, institutions, organizations and other forces that play a critical role in the contemporary economy. 

This master's degree is part of the graduate program in Social Sciences and the doctoral training in Social Sciences (PSL-EHESS).


The teaching, in French and in English, combines the contributions of economic and social sciences (economics, administration, sociology and political science, and, to a lesser extent, anthropology, geography and history). The courses focus on concepts and key problems and present the essential methods of investigation (particularly statistical) so that the students learn to design, implement and publish scientific research. The seminars are also a chance for students to present the current condition of their research and to develop their proficiency and know-how in scientific work (describe, explain, understand and criticize). 
The master's degree is taught partly in English.

See the details of the program in the dedicated tab.


The master's degree is primarily addressed at students who wish to undertake a scientific career in higher-education or research institutions. They benefit from the reputation of Dauphine - PSL and MINES Paris - PSL to bring them into international research networks so that they can pursue a doctorate.


The training is backed by some fifteen advanced laboratories in these areas:  
- At Dauphine - PSL: IRISSO in social sciences, DRM in administration and DIAL in economics
- A MINES Paris - PSL: CSI in sociology; CGS in administration
- At the EHESS: CMH, IMM, IRIS, CESPRA and CESSP for sociology and political science; CAK and CRH for history; IIAC and LAS for anthropology; CIRED for socio-economics of environment

  • The core curriculum, designed and taught by teams of two or three teachers of several disciplines (sociology and economics; economics and law; administration and history, etc.) 
  • Learning survey methods: courses in epistemology; wide range of practical work in statistics; use of digital technologies; possible introduction to the processing of archive and geographical data; participation in the "BigDataBootCamp4Beginners"
  • Immersion in current research: access to varied seminars of the research laboratories of Dauphine - PSL and MINES Paris - PSL
  • Insertion in international research networks, bilingual teaching; certification in English; English courses for social science research; reception of researchers from foreign institutions
  • Set up collective work by and for the students throughout the year: collaborative platform; exchange groups on individual work and support for collective projects 
  • Personalized support by teachers and researchers: regular dialogue when designing theses in M1 and M2; orientation and support in the search for internships with research institutions, in France and abroad.


In M1, the students participate in six courses from the core curriculum and one master class taught by guest researchers. They choose three research seminars and three methods lessons. The students also prepare for certification in English (objective at the end of M1: at least 90/120 in TOEFL or equivalent). The M1 thesis must include a part on the handling of statistical data and is accompanied by a research project for the M2 year. 
      Institutions, Organizations, Economics and Society
•    6 mandatory courses: 
- Comparative methods in economic social sciences
- States, institutions and the construction of markets 
- Firms, organizations and markets 
- Work, capital and accumulation 
- Law and regulation of the economy
- Management

•    Master Class taught by guest researchers
•    A choice of three research seminars
•    A choice of three methodology classes
•    Preparation for certification in English (with an objective of 90/120 on the TOEFL or equivalent)
•    Research thesis
    > Teaching contents


One academic track "Institutions, Economics and Society"
•    Four mandatory courses: 
- Economic Spaces, Globalization and Territories
- Dept and Money institutions
- Environment, economics and capitalism 
- Financialization and valuation

English for social sciences
•    A choice of two research seminars
•    A choice of two methodology classes
•    One optional course (methods, research seminar or professional skills)

M2 research thesis 

Students interested in management research can apply to the DU Research in management that can be completed additionnally during Year 2.
The two programs have been made compatible in order to open the opportunities for the graduate students.

Teaching location
The instruction is given in the heart of Paris on the campuses of the PSL schools involved in the Master's program.

  • Dauphine - PSL: Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 75016 Paris
  • MINES Paris - PSL: 60, boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris
  • EHESS: 54, boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris
  • EHESS: Campus Condorcet

Partner institution: EHESS, Paris Nanterre University


The master's degree is aimed at students who hold at least a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in the fields of economics, social sciences (economics, geography, history, political science, sociology), administration or engineering (including environmental sciences). Applicants for M1 will at least have undergone an introduction to economics and to scientific research and its methods.
Their level of English and French must be sufficient to enable them to prepare lectures and follow lessons that are in English. 

Admission process

Selection according to application dossier and interview, to be completed online on the application portal of Dauphine - PSL.
•   Registering or sending application dossiers: between 4 february and 2 March 2021
•   Interviews for admissions in Year 1:  March 2021

Application package

The applicant writes a research project of a maximum of 4 pages. This project formulates the research question, situates it within the literature, indicates the sources and methods envisaged and mentions the main references that the candidate will use. 
Other documents required to apply:
•    A résumé (without photo)
•    A cover letter addressed to the members of the admissions board 
•    Copies of diplomas obtained and school reports since the baccalaureate (included)
•    A letter of recommendation from a teacher.
•    A language certificate (for foreign degree)

Tuition fees         
Tuition fees are set by ministerial decree (€243 in 2021/21). Please note that you will also need to provide proof of payment for the CVEC (Student Life and Campus Fee) of €92. 
In order to graduate, the students must also obtain certification in English by successfully passing a test certifying their level of English, of the TOEFL type (minimum objective 90/120) or IELTS, the cost of which is borne by the students. 

Prerequisite: bachelor's degree or equivalent
Recruitment process: application and interview
School for registration: Dauphine - PSL or EHESS
Degree delivered: National master's degree conferred by Université PSL or EHESS


Master's program managers:
Sylvain Laurens (EHESS)
Paul Lagneau-Ymonet (Dauphine - PSL)


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