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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #60 (QS) Providence, RI, United States
Through course work, participation in seminars, and supervised research, the program in Economics at Brown trains students to conduct theoretical and empirical research at the highest level.
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  • The work in the program is demanding and the standards of performance are high. The department's reputation for providing superb training has enabled its graduates to compile an excellent placement record, including major research universities, prestigious liberal arts colleges, government and international agencies, and private industrial, consulting, and research firms.
  • The department faculty includes the editors of the Journal of Economic Growth,  the Journal of Political Economy, the  Journal of Development Economics, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Urban Economics, and the Journal of Human Resources, among others; several fellows of the Econometric Society; several Sloan fellows; a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association;  and numerous associates and fellows of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic Policy Research.
  • The atmosphere in the department is highly collegial, and interaction among faculty members and graduate students is easy and extensive. The department hosts four weekly seminars (Economic Theory, Macroeconomics, Applied Microeconomics, and Econometrics), as well as parallel lunches and breakfasts for graduate student work in progress. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Completion Requirements


  • Eight basic courses
  • core exams at the end of the first year in microeconomics
  • macroeconomics
  • econometrics
  • seven advanced courses with grade of B or better
  • field exam
  • third-year research paper
  • seminar presentations
  • dissertation

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

The process of applying to Brown University is both straightforward and comprehensive. The process will include submitting forms with biographical information, writing personal essays, keeping track of deadlines, taking and submitting standardized testing, and making sure that your school submits teacher recommendations and academic information.

Application Components

  • The Online Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE
  • Application Fee and Waivers
  • Paper Credentials and Other Documentation
  • Criteria for Admission
  • Notification

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54320 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    54320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54320 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    54320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54320 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Providence

  • 1030 - 1900 USD/month
    Living Costs

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