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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months


The primary goal of the program is to produce outstanding research economists. The program is designed to ensure that students acquire a thorough knowledge of economic theory, econometric methods, and the structure of modern economies, before beginning their own research under faculty supervision. While the program covers all major areas of economics, it has particular strengths in micro theory (especially game theory), empirical microeconomics, and modern macroeconomics.

The Graduate Group in Economics requires that students complete at least 16 courses in economics or related fields, of which a maximum of eight may be transferred from other institutions. Some of these course units may be earned by attending and participating in workshops. After two years in the program, students are expected to begin their dissertations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Microeconomic Theory 
  • Econometrics: Fundamentals 
  • Topics in Public Economics 
  • Dissertation Projects in Economic Theory
  • Topics in Macroeconomic Theory and Intl Finance 
  • Macro Financial Friction
  • Decision Theory 

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              Academic Requirements

              • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

                The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

              General Requirements

              Admission requirements:
              • Letters of recommendation 
              • Transcripts
              • Academic history
              • Essay

              Tuition Fee

              • International

                39470 USD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 39470 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
              • National

                39470 USD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 39470 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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              Living costs for Philadelphia

              • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
                Living Costs

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