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Graduate Program Contact Information

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Admissions Timetable

Applications can be submitted from early September 2019 to January 1, 2020.

January 1 – Deadline for submission of your application online.

April 1 – Department deadline for making admissions decisions.

April 15 – Deadline for students to inform the Economics Department of their decisions.

NOTE: We have no rolling or early admissions. Students are only accepted for fall admissions and for full-time study. We only accept applications to the Ph.D. program. We do not have a Master's Program at this time.

Financial Support

Students in the economics Ph.D. program at Emory typically receive full funding for five years through the Laney Graduate School.  This funding, which is contingent upon adequate progress towards degree completion, includes a tuition scholarship, a stipend for each of five years, and health insurance.

The Laney Graduate School standard offer of admission includes:

  • a tuition scholarship in the amount of $62,700;
  • a stipend in the amount of $31,000;
  • a health insurance subsidy that covers 100% of the cost of Emory’s student health insurance.

The Laney Graduate School also offers three highly competitive fellowships for extraordinary applicants: the Woodruff Graduate Fellowships, the Arts and Sciences Fellowships, and the Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowships. Receiving any of these fellowships will result in a significant increase in the stipend amount. The department will screen all applications and identify cases to be considered for these fellowships. No action is required from the applicants.

Both admission to the program and financial support are awarded competitively, depending on academic merit. Students are encouraged to apply regardless of their personal financial limitations. Emory admits qualified students of any race, age, national origin, sex, color, religion, veteran status, or disability status. The Economics Department appreciates the diversity of its faculty and graduate student body.

Students in the first year of the PhD program have no stipend-related work assignments. Students are expected to work as research assistants, teaching assistants, and/or teaching associates in all subsequent years in which they receive a stipend.

How to Apply

Submit your application online. The Graduate School application is available at Before applying, please review the Laney Graduate School’s application requirements and instructions.

Application Requirements

The following must be submitted to complete your application.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores on the GRE
  • TOEFL or IELTS score for non-native English speakers
  • Academic Record (Note: We require copies of all transcripts; however, the transcripts can be unofficial copies from the school on school letterhead. You will only be asked to submit official transcripts if you are admitted into the program.)
  • Three to four Letters of Recommendations
  • Previous training in economics
  • Previous training in mathematics and statistics (including calculus, linear algebra, econometrics, mathematical economics)
  • If available, evidence of scholarly research and publications

A Master's Degree is not required for entering the Ph.D. program, but applicants with Bachelor's degrees need to demonstrate a strong mathematical and statistical background and a commitment to graduate study in economics. The Department does not have a predetermined formula for weighing admission criteria nor any rigid cut-off points on these criteria. The primary consideration is the likelihood that the candidate will be able to complete the Ph.D. program with distinction and utilize the acquired knowledge and skills effectively in a future career. Each application is examined by the admission committee that consists of tenure and tenure-track economics faculty.

Additional Information about Application Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements listed by the Laney Graduate School, the Department of Economics Ph.D. program also requires:

  1. TOEFL or IELTS Scores: Applicants who speak English as a second language must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores in addition to the GRE scores. Please ask ETS to report your scores to Emory University. The department code for the GRE is 1801. The department code for the TOEFL is 84. Emory’s code is 5187. If you have completed a degree in an English speaking institution, we will waive the TOEFL requirement.
  2. Writing Sample(s): A writing sample may be a paper that you wrote for a course or any other relevant paper that you have written. Your writing sample(s) should be uploaded in the "Attach Documents" section of the application form.
  3. Research Interest or Specialization: List your Research Interest or Specialization on the application. Your interests may be general or specific and you may list multiple interests.
  4. Research Experience: List your Research Experience on the application form. List those research experiences that you see as relevant for preparing you for graduate school and a future career in economics.

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