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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics



What will I learn?

Economics offers full-time and part-time Ph.D. by research program. We provide students with a stimulating research environment which merges academic rigor with intellectual breadth. The program equips students with a strong knowledge of economic theory and analytical techniques, which enables them to conduct solid research in their chosen field of specialization.

The program curriculum includes coursework, participation in seminars and workshops, as well as research under the mentorship of research supervisor(s). The program generally takes four years to complete. It begins with one year of intensive study in the core subjects of economics (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, and Quantitative Methods), culminating in the submission of a thesis which documents the results of original research.

The program has a small student-to-faculty ratio, which fosters research collaboration between students and faculty members. Students also receive training in research and teaching methods. Our faculty’s research interests span across all major areas of economics, with significant strengths in Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Environmental Economics, Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomics, Applied Microeconomics, Economic Growth and Development, and Econometrics.

Our recent publications appear in top economics journals, including Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, Review of Economics and Statistics, RAND Journal of Economics, International Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Public Economics, Management Science, and Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, among others.

The Ph.D. program in Economics is available in full-time and part-time program. M.A. is not offered.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
SG$19,250.00 (11,85,345) per year
This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change in the coming year
Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

48 Nanyang Avenue,

HSS-05-62, HSS Building,

639818, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

A good first degree in Economics or related field from a highly ranked university, with at least second upper honors.

An adequate background in Mathematics/Quantitative Methods.

An excellent GRE score, especially in the quantitative section (minimum requirement: Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning 319 out of 340 and Analytical Writing 3.5 out of 6.0). GRE is not required from NTU, NUS or SMU graduates.

A good language proficiency score: IELTS score at least 7.0 (on all subtests); TOEFL score at least 105 (IELTS is preferred).

TOEFL (Paper-Based Test - PBT): 580 out of 677

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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