Ph.D. in Economics


Our Ph.D. program serves advanced students of economics with a focus on research. We seek students with a strong math foundation who have completed coursework that covers multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and introduction to proofs. Our program has several notable features.

Comprehensive Structure

Our program provides a solid foundation in modern economic analysis and develops expertise in two specializations (See Graduate Handbook). After the first year, students take qualifying exams in June. There are annual milestones and incentives to help students finish in 5 years. This includes dedicated faculty advising and early pairing with research faculty.

Full Funding

Each year we bring in a class of 7-10 fully-funded students. Our five-year financial support package typically includes a full tuition waiver, a paid GTA position, funding for conference travel, and more.

Abundant research possibilities

KU is recognized as a Carnegie R1 Doctoral University, the top designation awarded to universities with very high research activity. Our faculty work in many fields, manage active research centers, and serve as Editors or Associate Editors at top journals.

Dedicated placement support

A placement team committed to supporting job market activities, including portfolio development, job talk coaching, and faculty outreach. We regularly place Ph.D. students in their areas before graduation. See recent placements.

Exceptional quality of life

The KU campus and Lawrence community provide a vibrant downtown adjoining campus, a low cost of living, and many diverse opportunities for entertainment and recreation. Be a part of the proud Jayhawk tradition!