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What will I learn?

The PhD program in economics is small and focused, specializing in industrial organization, competition policy, and regulatory economics and labor economics.


Students entering the doctoral program with a bachelor’s degree will take four master’s-level core classes (16 semester hours), three doctoral-level core classes (12 semester hours), two classes in each of two doctoral fields (16 semester hours), and one elective (4 semester hours), for a total program requirement of 48 semester hours. Core courses at the master’s and doctoral level are focused on developing an advanced theoretical and quantitative foundation (Macroeconomic Theory, Microeconomic Theory, and Applied Econometrics). The remainder of the course work is focused on the sophisticated application of analytical tools in the chosen field of concentration.

PhD students are expected to take three classes per semester as necessary to meet the degree's course work requirements in the minimum number of semesters.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (48 semester hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,250 per credit hour

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

Start date

Expected September 2021


Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue,



02115, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

For international students

Prior to beginning a graduate program at Northeastern, students must have: Received a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university; Received a master’s degree or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; Received a first professional or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; or, Been accepted into an approved bachelors-to-graduate-degree program at an accredited college or university.

English proficiency: 79-80 TOEFL iBT (or 6.5 IELTS or PTE equivalent).

Application deadline for Fall is Jan/7.

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


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