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Ph.D. Program in Economics


What we do

Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYC, the Ph.D. Program in Economics at the Graduate Center trains students in empirically investigating policy issues, following a solid preparation in econometrics and theory.  The focus of the program is to prepare students to apply economic theory and technique to the problems of business and government. The program is designed to educate future researchers and teachers who will contribute to the development and application of knowledge in economics.

Faculty members of the Economics program are experts in a rich array of specializations and research areas. Due to the program’s relatively small size, students benefit from easy access to faculty and a large measure of personal attention. Opportunities for supervised independent research, interdisciplinary study, and work in research centers are provided on an individual basis.

Fields of Specialization

The program emphasizes the development of research skills and the acquisition of knowledge in specialized fields of the students’ choice. The fields of specialization include:
• Development Economics
• Financial Economics
• Human Resources Economics
• International Economics
• Macro and Monetary Economics
• Public policy
Other fields can be substituted with the approval of the Executive Officer. Dissertations can be written in any of these six fields, or in any other area in which students and professors find a mutual interest.


Graduates of the program are well prepared for careers in universities, government, consulting firms, and business enterprises. Program members take pride in actively participating in placing the graduates in academic and government, as well as industry jobs, both nationally and internationally. The complete list of the alumni placements can be found on the Alumni page.


Admission to the Economics Program is highly competitive. Applicants should visit the Graduate Center’s Admissions page for further information. The Admissions Office can also be reached by email ( or phone (212-817-7470).

Economics students are eligible for several types of financial aid, including Graduate Center Fellowships, Tuition Fellowships, Presidential Magnet Fellowships, and additional funding. Visit the Financial Assistance and Fellowships and Grants pages.  

Application deadline: January 1st. To be considered for fellowships, applications must be completed by this date. For further instructions please visit the Applications Deadline Requirements page or apply here

Executive Officer

Merih Uctum

Executive Officer
Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 100164309

Phone: (212) 817-8255

Assistant Program Officer

Diana Santiago

Assistant Program Officer
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10016-4309

Phone: 212-817-8265