Ph.D. Program

Please join us for our Ph.D. program information session on Wednesday, December 8th from 6pm to 7pm - Register to attend online at this link:

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, one course in macroeconomic theory, 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 labor economics, international economics, public economics, urban economics, or econometrics. Students generally choose their second field from these areas as well. They may choose to take a second field in microeconomic 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 begins in the Summer, typically the first week of July. 

For international students the TOEFL requirement cannot be waived.

Admissions & Degree Requirements

Economics, PhD