The CUNY Ph.D. Program in Economics is designed to educate future researchers and teachers who will contribute to the development and application of knowledge in economics. The program emphasizes the development of research skills and the acquisition of knowledge in specialized fields of the students’ choice. Students completing the program are prepared for careers in universities, government, consulting firms, and business enterprises. The program is relatively small and provides access to the 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. The focus of theprogram is to prepare students to apply economic theory and technique to the problems of business and government.
Incoming students should meet with the Executive Officer or Deputy Executive Officer to discuss their program plans, special research interests, and ambitions. Students must obtain approval from the Executive Officer or Deputy Executive Officer before registering for courses each semester.
Peer advisers are assigned to each incoming student in his or her first semester in the Economics program.
Individual offices are not generally available for students. In special circumstances, students working full-time on a dissertation or employed as Research Assistants may be assigned shared office space.
The program follows The Graduate Center regulations for disputes and appeals concerning grades and program procedures, as outlined in the Student Handbook section on appeal Policies and Procedures. Students wishing to initiate an appeal should first inform the Executive Officer of such in writing and/or in person.
Address changes and changes in telephone number must be submitted, in writing, immediately to the Office of the Registrar as well as to the program office.
The Economics Program is delighted to announce that beginning in Fall 2013, it will award eight new Graduate Center Fellowships in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. The Graduate Center Fellowship provides full tuition and $25,000 each year for the first five years of study. The fellowship consists of a stipend in the Fall and Spring semesters, a summer research stipend, a graduate assistantship, a tuition award, and eligibility for low-cost individual or family NYSHIP health insurance. Support for the Fall and Spring semesters is $23,000 and the summer research stipend is $2,000.
The service assignments associated with the Graduate Center Fellowship are intended to develop scholarly and professional skills. In the first year, a Graduate Center Fellow serves as a research assistant or in another assignment determined by his or her doctoral program. In the second, third, and fourth years, a fellow teaches one course each semester at a CUNY undergraduate college. In the fifth year, a Graduate Center Fellow serves as a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Fellow, or in a similar assignment, at a CUNY college.
For more information please see the Graduate Center’s webpage about fellowship and financial support for doctoral students.