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Economics, Ph.D.

Darla Moore School of Business

The doctoral program in economics provides thorough training in economic theory supplemented by knowledge of quantitative tools and an understanding of modern economic institutions and policy problems.

When you finish this program, you'll be able to approach economics-related issues theoretically, analyze data, undertake original research on economic issues and clearly and effectively communicate research results in written and oral form. You'll graduate ready for a career in academia, research, government or business.

Program Highlights

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    An Outstanding Faculty

    Learn from a world-renowned faculty full of thought leaders who have a wealth of relevant industry experience.

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    Research Support

    Study at a school whose Division of Research is a recognized center of expertise on the state's economic issues.

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    Career Options

    Find your place at a leading academic institution, prominent corporation or one of numerous governmental agencies.

What You’ll Study

You must complete 48 hours of coursework with at least a "B" average and 12 hours of dissertation credit to obtain a Ph.D. Owing to the lockstep nature of the program, admission is limited to every other fall semester, and all students are required to take at least nine hours of coursework during the fall and spring semesters.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions


    Creating a financial plan by estimating expenses and revenues to allocate resources effectively


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Economist
  • Researcher
  • Teacher/Professor

Workplace Settings

  • Small business
  • Corporations
  • Government
  • Education