PhD in Economics

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The PhD in Economics program has a strong quantitative emphasis and is very mathematical in nature. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to acquire as many skills and experiences in this area as possible before applying.

Our Mission

The mission of the PhD in Economics program is to produce professional economists by providing graduates with a modern, balanced and high-quality education in both theoretical and applied economics. The department is also committed to examining and improving its program and enhancing the research efforts between faculty and graduate students.

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Learning Outcomes

Every fall, the department welcomes approx. 9-14 new doctoral candidates. The PhD degree can take anywhere from four to eight years to complete, depending on the student's individual progress. Upon successful completion of the PhD in Economics, students will:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and methods of analysis.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the issues, theories and latest advances in one of the sub-fields of economics offered by the program.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct independent and original basic and applied research in economics.
  • Achieve a high level of competence understanding the most recent theoretical and quantitative methods in economics.
  • Acquire employable skills (i.e. teaching experience) to further professional endeavors. Most graduates pursue academic teaching and research careers, while others find rewarding careers in federal, state or local government, or in the private sector, both at home and abroad. 

Contact Us

Jameson Yu is the Assistant Director of graduate economics programs. He is responsible for recruiting students from around the world, answering program questions, processing applications and assisting our PhD students. Please feel free to contact Jameson by telephone, email or personal appointment with any questions or concerns. 

Graduate Programs

Phone: (716) 645-8679

Jameson Yu
Department of Economics
College of Arts and Sciences

425 Fronczak Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8676

Director of Graduate Studies and PhD Program
Department of Economics
College of Arts and Sciences