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Doctor of Philosophy in Economics


The PhD in Economics degree program provides a cuttingedge education in economic theories and the development of a rigorous toolkit of mathematical and econometric techniques. Students also gain extensive exposure to various research areas in economics that allow them to think critically about how to approach the analysis of economic problems and contribute to the knowledge base of the discipline. The program is particularly strong in the areas of behavioral/experimental economics, public economics and the economics of education.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Economics

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Economics Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.25 in upper-division and graduate course work in economics and related courses

Test score required: Yes

A quantitative score of 148 and a verbal score of 160 on the GRE is advisable. Students may also wish to consider submitting their score from the writing component of the GRE test as additional evidence of their writing skills. A score of at least 4.5 in analytical writing is considered desirable.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: Limited to fall admissions. University deadlines apply.


Judy Du
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office - GR2.808

Degree Information:
Dr. Donggyu Sul, Director of Graduate Studies
Office - GR 2.102

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Economist in financial institutions, management firms, and consulting firms both in private and domestic sector, Academics/Researcher, Government Positions (the Federal Reserve banks, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, Social Security Administration and Federal Trade Commission.)

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.