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What will I learn?

We offer interaction opportunities with many of the top researchers in economics, through our extensive seminar and visitor programmes.

Our graduates often go on to be professors in universities where they work to extend and to transmit knowledge of our economies. They also work in industry, the public sector, and in international organisations where they apply their economics knowledge and research capabilities to improve the economic condition of their firm, their industry, their country, or the world in general

SMU’s School of Economics is recognised internationally as a leading centre for economics research. In Tilburg University’s ‘Top 100 Economics Schools Research Ranking,’ based on publications in leading journals, it is ranked 2nd in Asia. It is ranked within the top 5 globally in econometrics.

The PhD in Economics programme is structured to lead you from classroom learning to research and paper writing, with many targets throughout for students to meet. Many of our students graduate with an academic publication in a top journal and our placement record is strong.

Year 1
Students spend their first year completing the following foundation courses.

  • Microeconomics I
  • Microeconomics II
  • Macroeconomics I
  • Macroeconomics II
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II

Which department am I in?

School of Economics

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
SG$22,050.00 (12,45,059) per year
Registration Fee (One-time): SG $500

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected January 2023

More details

Start date

15 August 2022


School of Economics

Singapore Management University,

90 Stamford Road,

178903, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed at least a good Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree is useful but not required. Good GRE or GMAT results.

For international students

Bachelor or master degree in Economics (or related fields) with considerable mathematics and statistics, and with evidence of research potential.


About Singapore Management University (SMU)

QS Stars Asian University Rankings awarded Singapore Management University 5-star ratings for overall excellence and employability.

  • Recognised as a world-class research institution
  • Master of IT in business - in top 2 in Asia & 14th globally
  • MSc in wealth management - 1st in Asia and 3rd globally
  • 90 per cent of MBA graduates secured an internship in 2020

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