The department offers a Ph.D. program with two majors (Economics and Agricultural Economics). The Iowa State Economics Ph.D. program ranks highly in national surveys, whether judged by research activity, faculty productivity, student support, or quality of education.
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.
Application and Admission
Admission to the Ph.D. program and financial assistance is 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.) Applications are evaluated both individually and in relation to other applicants to the program.
Iowa State University offers Doctorate degrees in both Economics and Agricultural Economics. Find out more information about the Ph.D. curriculum by exploring the progress guidelines found on the Ph.D. curriculum page. The progress guidelines for Ph.D. students are the same regardless of major (Economics or Agricultural Economics).