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Maxwell / Department of Economics

Ph.D. Program

Prospective Applicants: The application form and information can be found on the admissions & finances website. Complete applications should be received by January 15 for full consideration.

The Ph.D. in Economics at Syracuse is a research-oriented degree, designed for those who want to do applied economics in an academic setting, government, international agencies, independent research organizations, or private businesses with a substantial research mission. The Graduate Program reflects the Department's focus on research in Labor EconomicsPublic EconomicsInternational TradeUrban Economics and Econometric Theory.

A distinguishing feature of our Ph.D. program is that we have a tradition of providing guidance and support that helps students learn how to shape their work in ways that facilitate publication in peer-reviewed journals. As a result, many of our students publish papers from their dissertations in select journals.

Emerging graduate students should have had at least a year of calculus, a course in mathematical statistics, and a course in linear algebra. In their class work, Ph.D. students take a course in mathematical economics, three courses in microeconomic theory, two courses in macroeconomic theory, three to four courses in econometrics, fulfill the requirements in two fields, as well as breadth requirements and electives, totaling 51 credit hours.

Counting dissertation hours, the total number of credits in the program is 72 hours. Students choose their primary field from two fields, from labor economics, international economics, public economics, urban economics, and econometrics. Students generally choose their second field from these areas as well. They may instead take second fields in microeconomic theory or econometric theory.

Faculty and graduate students work closely in research, teaching, and graduate study. For example, Ph.D. students often write papers for journals and conferences with faculty members. In addition, some graduate students participate in the Future Professoriate Program, a special university program that helps form good teaching practices. Syracuse University is one of a few universities that provide graduate students with a formal program to learn about college-level teaching practices.

Please note that the Ph.D. program does begin in the Summer, typically the first week of July. 

Revised 6/17