Ph.D. Economics

 

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The Iowa State University Ph.D. program has majors in economics and agricultural economics. Students receive a solid foundation in economic theory and statistical methods with the flexibility to pursue broad areas of study. The rigorous training in theoretical and applied economics prepares graduates to compete for research and teaching positions in leading academic institutions, government, and industry.

Classes are taught by engaged faculty who are leading experts in their fields. You can see some of the latest projects that faculty and students are working on, including upcoming seminars on the department home page. Students take core coursework during their first year of the program before becoming more specialized and selecting a major professor. The student and their major professor will work together closely with the rest of the student’s faculty committee and will collaborate on research and paper publications.

Application and Admission

Admission to the Ph.D. program and financial assistance are based on a combination of factors: prior coursework and performance, and TOEFL (international students) results, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose. (GREs are optional for fall 2021 only) Applications are evaluated both individually and in relation to other applicants to the program.

Assistantships and Scholarships

The Department of Economics offers a competitive compensation package for Ph.D. students who are on assistantship. Students receive a monthly stipend and in most cases, the cost of tuition is fully covered. Other benefits include health insurance, travel to conferences, and potential for summer employment. All applicants are automatically considered for assistantship funding. You do not have to be affiliated with a specific faculty member prior to admission in order to secure an assistantship.

Career Opportunities

Providing rigorous training in theoretical and applied economics, the Ph.D. program leads to careers in teaching, research, and more. Our Ph.D. graduates’ job placements show they fill vital positions in academia, government, and business around the world.

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Contact us

Want more information about course requirements and how a graduate degree in economics can satisfy your particular needs? Contact us at econgrad@iastate.edu or (515) 294-2702.

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