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Reasons to Enroll

  • Small Class Sizes — Our Ph.D. classes have an average of about six students. The small class size allows students to interact closely with faculty and also fosters collaboration between students and faculty. Several students have co-authored papers with faculty.
  • High Quality Faculty — The Department has two distinguished professors, Professor Bernard Cornet, editor of Journal of Macroeconomics and Professor William Barnett, editor of Macroeconomic Dynamics. Our faculty members are actively engaged in scholarly research with many publications in top journals. (more)
  • Seminars and Conferences — The department often hosts conferences that attract economists in all fields. The Oswald Distinguished Seminar Series brings to campus renowned economists. Graduate students often present their work during our in house seminar on Wednesdays, providing an opportunity for graduate students to get feedback on their research. (More: Conferences & Seminars).
  • Diverse Students and Faculty — Our graduate students and faculty members comprise a diverse group in terms of nationality and gender. We have Department members from all continents and many different regions of the world. (more).
  • Funding for your Education — We offer fellowships and teaching/research assistantships that come with a tuition waiver and a stipend to cover living expenses.
  • Student Resources — Graduate students have 24 hour access to a top of the line computer lab. In addition, there are computers in student offices. Funds are provided for conference travel.
  • Job Placement — Our graduates have found jobs in academia, government and international organizations. (more)
  • Location Location Location — Lawrence is a great place to get an education! It is a lovely and vibrant college town on the Kansas River. Our beautiful campus sits on a hill in the middle of town surrounded by abundant cultural attractions The cost of living is low, the crime rate is low, the student population is diverse and we are just about 40 miles from Kansas City, a metropolitan city. (more »

News / Events
  • Professor Ginther's research points to early career pubications as the likely source of racial gap in NIH funding. Learn more >>
  • Best of luck to our PhD students presenting at SEA's annual meeting in Washington, DC. View schedule (pdf).
  • Professor Barnett's work on accurately measuring money cited as critical in avoiding past Fed mistakes. Read Forbes' article >>
  • PhD applications are due on January 2. View our informational flyer (pdf).
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, established in memory of Professor Shu Wu. Learn more. >>