We are now accepting applications for the PhD program for the 2018-2019 academic year.
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.
Do you find it easy to immerse yourself in dispassionate and impartial analyses of economic issues? Do you see yourself teaching the difficult and subtle interrelationships of economic incentives, opportunities, and outcomes? Do you hope to work in a field in which analytical economic expertise is productive? If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, then study toward the PhD at Emory may be the right choice for you.
If you are primarily interested in applying economic concepts to business strategy questions involving marketing, production, and efficient organization, then a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is probably your best choice. If you are primarily interested in policy analysis and issues related to government administration, then a degree from a public policy school may be appropriate, although a PhD in economics can also lead to this kind of career. If you are interested in a research degree but prefer finance, marketing, management, or operations research, then a doctorate degree in business administration (DBA) is the right choice for you. Although the PhD in economics and business are similar, research undertaken by economics graduate students is usually more motivated by policy issues rather than industry questions.
At Emory, we only admit students interested in obtaining the PhD degree. Most graduate students are apprentice faculty who conduct research and teach courses. Many economics PhDs do indeed spend at least part of their careers in academia. Others pursue careers in full-time research in private research institutions, government, large corporations, financial institutions, or trade associations. For example, we have close ties with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and a great record of placing students at the Federal Reserve, where they are engaged in policy work. You can obtain a list of our placements at http://economics.emory.edu/home/graduate/alumnijobs.html.
The Emory PhD Program puts students on the intellectual frontier of the economic discipline by introducing them to leading-edge theories and techniques. With this training, students can actively investigate research questions of particular interest and importance to them.
The hallmark of the Emory PhD Program is the close interaction between faculty and students. Classes are small and interactive, and students have the opportunity to obtain a deep understanding of the material. The faculty are eager to mentor students and involve them in their research. In fact, many students write research papers with the faculty. Joint work is submitted to academic journals for publication. Students are provided the opportunity to present research in departmental seminars, as well as at non-Emory academic conferences.
Our key strengths are:
- Close collaboration between faculty and students
- Close research ties with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Rollins School of Public Health, Goizueta Business School, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University
- Solid record of placing graduated students in academic, research, and consulting jobs
- Financial support contingent upon acceptable progress towards degree completion (tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and health insurance)
- Financial support for students to attend conferences
- Small student-to-faculty ratio
- Energetic, research-driven faculty
Students are only accepted for fall admission. The three important admissions dates to remember are:
- Deadline for completing online applications is January 3.
- Admissions offers are made by April 1.
- Student decisions must be submitted by April 15.
Submit your application online. The Graduate School application is available at http://www.graduateschool.emory.edu/admissions/index.html. Before applying, please review the Laney Graduate School’s application requirements and instructions.
Students admitted to our program receive multiple years of support (tuition plus stipend) contingent upon acceptable progress towards degree completion. The stipend is typically paid over a period of 12 months. Advanced students may receive additional support through teaching, research grants, or dissertation completion fellowships. Additional funds are also available through special competitive fellowships offered through the University. Students have the opportunity to teach in summer for additional pay starting at their third year.
Students are expected to work as research assistants, teaching assistants, and/or teaching associates in all years in which they receive a fellowship, excluding the first year when they have no work assignment.
Yes. We do require official scores to be sent by ETS. The department code for the GRE is 1801. The department code for the TOEFL is 84. Emory’s code is 5187.
The admissions committee can use a scanned or copied version of your scores and transcripts for initial review, but we will need official versions of both documents if you are admitted.
We do not require the TSE, but we do have an ELSP proficiency assessment, which all non-native English speakers must take upon arrival at Emory. You are exempted from or placed in the ELSP course sequence based on the outcome of this assessment.
We do not have strict minimum requirements, although we recommend that applicants demonstrate a score of at least 60% on the GRE Quantitative Exam and 50% on the GRE Verbal Exam. Please be aware that most applicants will score in much higher percentiles than the minimum proficiency thresholds. We also recommend that you show high grades in your upper level economics, mathematical, and statistics courses.
We have found that advanced preparation in mathematics and statistics is very useful to our students. Courses such as Real Analysis, Multivariate Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Probability Theory and Statistics, and Econometrics. We do not require these courses for admission, but strongly recommend them.
No, although students who have taken more advanced courses in economic theory, mathematics, and econometrics are at an advantage when being considered for admission.
No. The program is designed solely for PhD study. There are no Master’s-level courses or a self-contained Master’s level program.
If you have specific questions about the application process, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Mrs. Stephanie White at email@example.com.