Successful applicants to the program are well-trained economists with strong quantitative skills. In particular, applicants should have taken the equivalent of a minimum of three courses in calculus and a course in linear algebra (twelve to fifteen semester hours). A course in real analysis is not required, but exposure to logical mathematical derivation is very useful. For some statistics about the Ph.D. program, please consult the economics doctoral program profile.
We strive to provide a comprehensive financial support package to strong applicants. This typically includes a graduate teaching assistantship for up to five years (up to a student’s fifth year in the program). It also includes a full tuition waiver, and other benefits such as subsidized health insurance. Outstanding applicants may receive a fellowship that reduces or eliminates teaching commitment for one or two semesters. Moreover, departmental support is periodically available for summer research, summer teaching, conference travel, and more. Additional university-wide funding sources are available here.
The deadline for completed applications to be considered for admission and financial support is December 15 and for admission (but not necessarily financial support) is March 31. The earlier you submit, the better the chances to be considered for financial support. Non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate English Proficiency Requirements. Please note that these requirements are different for admission and for Graduate Teaching Assistant position.
The Ph.D. program in economics is designated as a STEM field. International students may qualify for an additional 24 months of OPT beyond the standard 12 months. More information is available from International Student Services.