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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Economics University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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Our PhD program focuses on producing top quality policy-oriented researchers through rigorous training in advanced empirical and analytical analysis needed to perform and interpret cutting-edge economic analyses in a wide range of policy-oriented areas including education, environmental, health, labor, public economics, and technology and innovation.

The foundation for our program takes place in the first year of the program when you will focus on the core theoretical, quantitative, and statistical analysis skills needed to succeed in the program. Your second year then focuses on using those skills to explore areas of interest and on broadening your policy-focused toolbox. The third year is spent determining your specific dissertation topic and doing foundation work on that topic. Finally, the fourth year is spent completing the dissertation.

The length of our PhD program varies according to the specific content of the applicant’s master’s degree. For applicants whose master’s degree includes courses similar to what our MA in Applied Economics degree requires, it consists of 60 semester hours of course and dissertation work. For applicants who have master’s degrees that are not similar to what our MA requires, the number of hours may be higher. At most, the program would be 75 semester hours of course and dissertation work. In this latter case, applicants may wish to apply to our MA/PhD program instead.

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Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$21,846.00 (16,00,984) per year


13 Jan


Bryan School of Business and Economics

516 Stirling Street,


North Carolina,

27412, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Admission to the PhD in Economics program requires a master’s degree in economics comparable to the MA in Applied Economics offered at UNCG. In order for a master’s degree to be considered comparable to the UNCG MA, your graduate coursework should include the following: Two graduate-level courses in microeconomics; Two graduate-level courses in econometrics; One graduate-level course in macroeconomics.

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL: internet based - 79, or paper based - 550. A score of at least 6.5 is required on the IELTS.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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