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The Department of Economics at Emory University is now accepting applications.

To submit an application, click here to go to Laney Graduate School's admissions site.

If you would like to receive more information about earning a PhD in Economics from Emory University, please click this link and complete the Inquiry Form.

Contact Information

If you have specific questions about the application process, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Ms. Stephanie Gray at

Admissions Timetable

September 25, 2015 – January 3, 2016

This year, early applicants to the Ph.D. program at Emory apply for FREE! The Laney Graduate School will provide an early application fee waiver for all applications submitted on or before October 31, 2015. This waiver will be applied automatically.

January 3 – 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. 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 four 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 four years, and health insurance.

More specifically, last year’s Laney Graduate School standard offer of admission included:

  • a tuition scholarship in the amount of $48,500;
  • a stipend in the amount of $22,000;
  • 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.  Additional research, specialized training, and professional development funds are also available to all Ph.D. students through the Laney Graduate School.

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 handicapped status. The Economics Department appreciates the diversity of its faculty and graduate student body.

Assistantship requirements for the students who receive full funding from Emory University are relatively low compared to other schools, permitting students to concentrate on their studies and finish their degrees in a reasonable amount of time. In fact, some students complete their Ph.D. degree in 4 years, but the usual time-to-degree is 5 years. Advanced students in their fifth year or beyond receive support through teaching, research grants, or dissertation completion fellowships.

How to Apply

Apply Now! 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
  • Letters of Recommendations
  • Previous training in economics
  • Previous training in mathematics and statistics (including calculus, linear algebra, econometrics, mathematical economics)
  • Evidence of scholarly publication, research, and other academic qualifications

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 Scores: Applicants who speak English as a second language must submit TOEFL scores in addition to the GRE scores. Please ask ETS to report your scores to Emory University. Emory’s code is 5187. No department code is needed. Also, if you have completed a degree in an English speaking institution, we will waive the TOEFL requirement. Additionally, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an acceptable examination and may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL examination.
  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.  

Web Sites

A lot of information about our program can be found on the internet.

Key Strengths of our Ph.D. Program

Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D. program at Emory