Economics, Ph.D.


Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics students work under the guidance of faculty who conduct nationally and internationally recognized research that promotes economic understanding, policy improvements, and economic development. Whether it is classroom interactions or one-on-one discussions, you’ll find our faculty always have time to support you as you make your way through the PhD program.

Program Distinctions

Our innovative program provides our students with the advanced theoretical, quantitative, and statistical skills that are required to perform and interpret economic analyses in a wide range of policy-oriented areas including education, environmental, health, labor, and public economics, as well as technology and innovation. The program is customizable, allowing students to choose a focus from the following:

  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • Monetary Economics
  • Macroeconomics

The Student Experience

Classes at the doctoral level are small, and students benefit from direct and frequent interactions with faculty. Students begin working in applied research early in their programs and are encouraged to work with faculty to identify policy problems they want to investigate through their dissertations. They frequently work with faculty on grant-funded research, and co-author papers with faculty for presentation at regional and national professional meetings.

After Graduation

Graduates of the PhD in Economics program work in a broad range of fields including forecasting, policy analysis and evaluation, risk analysis, and economic analysis. These fields are in high demand by a wide variety of organizations including research institutes, medical centers, financial institutions, governmental agencies, and academic departments that focus on public policy and applied microeconomics.

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Program Details

Degree Type: Doctoral

College/School: Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person,Online

Contact Us

Dr. Dora Gicheva
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies