What will I learn?

The economics PhD degree program offers a diversity of theoretical perspectives, both mainstream and heterodox, combined with rigorous technical training and a focus on policy-relevant research. The PhD program addresses contemporary policy issues facing the global economy with a uniquely-pluralistic approach. In addition to standard neoclassical economics, the program also encompasses a range of other perspectives, including post-Keynesian, institutionalism, and feminist economics.

The strengths of the Department of Economics include development economics, international economics, labor economics, monetary economics, gender economics, comparative economic systems, economic history, and econometrics.

American University's location in Washington, DC, provides an opportunity for students and graduates to obtain internships and employment in some of the world's most important economic institutions, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, research institutes, and the US Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Commerce. Alumni of the program are employed in liberal arts colleges, research universities, government agencies, research institutes, and think tanks both in the US and international settings.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (45 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$22,897.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

4400 Massachusetts Avenue,


District Of Columbia,

20016, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have master's degree (or its equivalent) earned at an accredited college or university.

English Language requirement

They also must have scored a Pearson Test of English score of at least 68.


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