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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #85 (QS) Houston, TX, United States
The doctoral program in Economics at Rice University provides rigorous training in economic theory and econometrics in order to prepare students for research careers in economics.
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  • The doctoral program in economics at Rice University trains students to conduct first-rate research. All major areas of economics are covered, with particular strengths in theoretical, applied, and empirical microeconomics as well as econometrics. Our curriculum stresses the grounding of any model in theory ensuring that, even in applied work, theoretical assumptions are clearly specified in place of an "intuitive" plausibility. This approach promotes an open discussion of their appropriateness and their implications for results. Graduates of our program go on to obtain positions at universities, research institutions, government agencies, and private firms around the world.
  • The PhD program is designed to first provide students with a rigorous training in economic theory and econometrics. Students then apply this knowledge to produce original research in a variety of applied, theoretical, and empirical settings. The department encourages independent work by emphasizing early exposure to the frontier of research through seminars and lectures, formal and informal workshops, and student papers. Seminars and workshops involving select faculty and graduate students meet on a regular basis to expose students to a variety of specialized literatures and cutting-edge ideas and methods.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Macroeconomic
  • Computational Economics
  • Financial Economics I
  • Mathematical Economics I
  • Microeconomics II
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II
  • Industrial Organizations and Control
  • Empirical Microeconomics

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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

  • An application fee of $85 must be submitted with the application.
  • All admitted students receive an offer of financial support. 
  • Applicants who are offered admission must provide the department with an official transcript within 30 days from the date of the offer letter.

The admission of each applicant rests upon his/her academic record (with particular emphasis on economics and mathematics courses), recommendations of scholars and instructors, GRE test scores, and other pertinent information including the match between the research interests of the applicant and the faculty. The department also performs Skype interviews for shortlisted candidates. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46600 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    46600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46600 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Houston

  • 1067 - 1950 USD/month
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