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Mises University 2016

Mises University

July 24, 2016July 30, 2016

Tags Austrian Economics Overview

All student slots are filled. Virtual Mises University 2016 is now open.

See the Final Mises University Schedule (PDF).  

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Austrian Economics

Rooted in the tradition of Carl Menger and Ludwig von Mises, as well as Murray Rothbard and F.A. Hayek, the Austrian school offers a rigorous and logical approach to economics that gives free markets their due and takes full account of the reality of human choice. More than a field within economics, the Austrian school is an entirely different approach that dissents from the mainstream on method, theory, and policy. It views economic actors as unique, conscious, and freely choosing individuals, not as undifferentiated data to be manipulated mathematically or politically.

The Program

The Mises University is the world's leading instructional program in the Austrian school of economics. Since 1986, it has been the essential training ground for economists who are looking beyond the mainstream.

The program offers courses and seminars on the whole range of the discipline. A core curriculum presents economic foundations, and more than fifty elective classes explore the entire range of economics, in all levels of advancement. The program ends with a Mündliche Prüfung, an optional exam for an honors certificate and cash prizes for the most learned.

Subject areas cover market behavior, competition, value and utility, money and banking, business cycles, industrial organization, method, economic history, the philosophy of science, financial economics, and more. You attend what most suits your interests and level of advancement.

Classes are interspersed with discussion seminars, faculty panels, and plenary lectures. There are special sessions on economic history, economics and ethics, and political philosophy. Nightly social hours allow time to meet and discuss it all with faculty and other students.

Can't travel to the Mises Institute? Enroll in Virtual Mises University.


Through the generosity of Mises Institute Supporters, there is no registration fee at Mises University for students who are accepted. Acceptance is highly selective. All students who are accepted on full scholarship receive complimentary admission to all sessions, refreshment breaks, a double-occupancy dormitory room for 7 nights, transportation between the dorm and the Mises Institute each day, and meals beginning with dinner on Sunday July 24 and ending with dinner on Saturday July 30.

Student applications are no longer being accepted, however space is available in Virtual Mises University. A limited number of Member Observer and Faculty Observer slots are available. Observers may register online here. (Mises University Faculty request that Observers refrain from questions or comments during sessions, but there is ample opportunity for Observer discussion and questions during meals and breaks.) Observers' registration includes sessions and meals, but not accommodations. Observers can reserve a single occupancy dormitory room (spartan) at a rate of $63 per day by calling the Mises Institute 334-321-2100, or reserve a room at nearby Auburn University Hotel by contacting them before July 6 and mention Mises University for a special rate of $134 per night plus tax Sunday through Thursday, and $175 Friday and Saturday. Or, reserve a fully furnished condo at Auburn Game Day Center in the same block as the Mises Institute.

Student dormitory rooms are scheduled for check-in on Sunday, July 24, and check-out on Sunday, July 31. Please email pat@mises.org to request early arrival. Dormitory details forthcoming.


The student who emerges from the oral examinations (the Mündliche Prüfung) with the best record, as chosen by the examining committee, will be awarded the Douglas E. French Scholarship Prize of $2,500. Second place will be awarded the George and Joele Eddy Prize of $1,800, and third place will be awarded the Grant Aldrich Prize of $1,000.


Forthcoming. Mises University begins with dinner Sunday July 24 and ends with dinner Saturday July 30. Most students arrive the afternoon of Sunday July 24 and depart Sunday July 31.

The Faculty

Mises University faculty are among the finest scholars of Austrian Economics and libertarian political theory in the world, under the direction of Joseph Salerno of Pace University and the Mises Institute.

Other faculty include:

The Campus

The Mises Institute is adjacent to Auburn University and near the heart of downtown Auburn. The Mises Campus features seminar rooms, an extensive special-collections library, a large archival center housing the papers of Mises, Rothbard and other great Austrian economists, bookstore, a discussion conservatory, an outdoor amphitheater, and study gardens.

Apply Now

​Mises University 2016 is full. Registration is open for Virtual Mises University 2016. The student application process for Mises University 2017 begins on August 8, 2016.

Important Note: all Mises University applicants agree to abide by the Mises Institute's Visiting Scholar Manual.

Faculty and Member Observers should use the Faculty & Member registration form below rather than the student scholarship application form.

Email us with questions, or call 800-636-4737.


Faculty and Member Observer Registration

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