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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Salt Lake City, UT, United States
The Ph.D. program prepares students for professional careers in teaching, research, business, and government. The program provides a broad mastery of theoretical and applied fields of economics. 
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Both orthodox and heterodox approaches to economics are integral parts of the program which includes a technically sophisticated presentation of economic theory and quantitative methods as well as a variety of fields of specialization, with a particular emphasis on cross-cutting themes of inequality, globalization, and sustainability. The Department has approximately 50 Ph.D. students in residence and a faculty of 19 with Ph.D.s from leading universities across the U.S and Europe.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an advanced understanding of the professional literature and the methods used in the core fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and political economy.
  • Have an advanced understanding of the mathematical and econometric methods used in the discipline.
  • Develop an area of specialization, related to their field course work, in which they have begun to make contributions to knowledge through a research program, including the completion of a dissertation.
  • Develop the writing and oral presentation skills that will make them effective teachers and/or serve them in careers as researchers in academia, government, non-governmental research and policy organizations, or private enterprise.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Political Economy and Critique I 
  • Microeconomic Theory I
  • Macroeconomic Theory I
  • Econometrics
  • Political Economy and Critique II 
  • Microeconomic Theory II
  • Macroeconomic Theory II
  • Econometrics I

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory
  • Acceptable GRE scores on verbal, quantitative, and analytical components
  • Three academic reference letters
  • A brief statement of personal academic goals
  • TOEFL score of 550 or better (or IBT equivalent) or IELTS of 6.5 or above (international students only)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Salt Lake City

  • 1000 - 1730 USD/month
    Living Costs

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