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Economics PhD Programs

 

If you are well-qualified (Tier 2 or Tier 3 preparation, high GPA, high quantitative GRE score, research experience, good letters of recommendation), you should apply to all of the top-ranked economics departments and several backup schools. You should definitely speak to economics faculty members about this.

If you have a somewhat weaker record, don't apply to the top-ranked economics departments. Do your homework and talk to economics faculty members where to apply. Many of the middle-ranked programs have generous funding and excellent placement records.

You should not initiate contact with faculty members at schools where you are applying before the admissions decisions. If you are admitted, you will have the opportunity to communicate with faculty members and make a visit.

Top-Ranked Economics Departments


Rankings
US News
NRC-S Amir/Knauff Web Link

Harvard Econ
1 1 2 economics.harvard.edu/
MIT Econ
1 2 1 economics.mit.edu/
Chicago Econ
1 3 5 economics.uchicago.edu/
Princeton Econ
1 4 4 economics.princeton.edu/
Stanford Econ
5 8 3 economics.stanford.edu/
Berkeley Econ
6 7 7 econ.berkeley.edu/
Yale Econ
6 13 6 economics.yale.edu/

 
 

Middle-Ranked Economics Programs


Rankings
US News NRC-S Amir/Knauff web link

Penn Logo Penn Econ 9 9 12 economics.sas.upenn.edu/
Northwestern Econ 8 12 10 economics.northwestern.edu/
Caltech Social Sciences 14 4 21 hss.caltech.edu/content/social-sciences-phd-program
Oxford Econ - - 8 economics.ox.ac.uk/Graduate/dphil-in-economics
Minnesota Econ 10 21 9 econ.umn.edu/graduate/
Wisconsin Econ 14 15 16 econ.wisc.edu/
Columbia Econ 10 16 20 econ.columbia.edu/graduate-program
NYU Econ 12 11 28 econ.as.nyu.edu/page/phd
LSE Econ - - 11 lse.ac.uk/economics/
Michigan Econ 12 24 17 lsa.umich.edu/econ
UC San Diego Econ 14 20 22 economics.ucsd.edu/
Brown Econ 19 14 26 brown.edu/academics/economics/
Carnegie Mellon Econ 19 27 13 tepper.cmu.edu/prospective-students/phd/program/economics
Duke Econ 19 22 18 econ.duke.edu/ph-d-program
Maryland Econ 22 25 24 http://www.econ.umd.edu/
Cornell Econ 18 23 32 economics.cornell.edu/graduate-program
UCLA 14 48 15 econ.ucla.edu/graduate/
Rochester 22 34 14 econ.rochester.edu/graduate/
Boston 24 28 34 bu.edu/econ/gradprgms/phd/
Penn State Econ 27 35 23 econ.psu.edu/
Johns Hopkins Econ 24 43 25 econ.jhu.edu/graduate/
Purdue Econ 42 31 31 krannert.purdue.edu/academics/economics/
Toulouse Econ - - 29 ecole.tse-fr.eu/en/programs/doctoral-program
Pittsburgh Econ 39 30 40 econ.pitt.edu/
Iowa Econ 34 36 43 tippie.uiowa.edu/economics/phd/
Wash U Econ - 18 - economics.wustl.edu/
UC Davis 31 32 57 economics.ucdavis.edu/
Iowa State - 26 53 econ.iastate.edu/