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Doctor of Philosophy in Economics


The PhD in economics degree program provides a cutting-edge 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 completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

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. Daniel Arce
Program Head
Ashbel Smith Professor
UT System Regents' Outstanding Teacher
Office: GR 2.534

Possible Careers

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, Federal Trade Commission, etc.)

Salary Information

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