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The research-intensive Ph.D. Program in Economics prepares students to apply economic theory and technique to the problems of business and government.


Degree Offered

Admissions Deadline


Ph.D. in Economics
Full Time/Part Time
Extended to February 1 for Fall Enrollment
(No Spring Enrollment)


Students in our program gain solid grounding in econometrics and theory and are supported as they empirically investigate a range of policy issues through their own research and analysis. Our small, highly selective program located in the heart of New York City allows students to work closely with faculty mentors and advisers. 

Our Faculty 


Faculty members of the Economics program are experts in a wide range of research areas and specialties. Students in our relatively small program benefit from easy access to faculty and a large measure of personal attention and mentorship. There are ample opportunities for supervised independent research, interdisciplinary study, and work in research centers.

Fields of Study

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The program emphasizes the development of research skills and the acquisition of knowledge in specialized fields of the student's choice. Students can specialize in Applied Econometrics, Economics of Human Resources, Financial Economics, International and Development Economics, Macro and Monetary Economics Theory and Policy, and Public Economics. Students can also explore other fields of study. 

Job Placement


Program graduates are well prepared for careers in universities, government, consulting firms, and business enterprises. Program members take pride in actively participating in placing graduates in jobs within and beyond higher education nationally and internationally. We actively prepare students for the job market through development of key skills, mock interviews, and other job preparation events. 

Prospective Students

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Admission to the Economics program is highly competitive. We value prospective students with a high quantitative aptitude and a strong work ethic who are interested in original research and contributing to society. We are committed to furthering CUNY’s ability to create opportunities for students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, and we welcome students who bring different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences to the study of economics. Our students have opportunities for fellowships and financial aid. Visit our Admissions and Aid page for more information. 

Program Highlights

of our students attend tuition free

Students are eligible for several types of fellowships and financial aid.
Our Seminar in Applied Economics features accomplished economists weekly each semester.
5-7 years

average time to degree
of our job market candidates were placed for 2020


Lilia Maliar, Miles Corak, Paul KrugmanFaculty Highlights

Welcome to our newest faculty members: 

  • Lilia Maliar - an expert on macroeconomic modeling and computational economics
  • Miles Corak - a renowned economist and public policy expert
  • Paul Krugman - an influential economist, Nobel laureate, and op-ed columnist for the New York Times


Graduate Center building, Photo Credit: Ron HesterJob Market Candidates

We are pleased to present our students currently on the job market. Our students have advanced analytical skills, expert-level knowledge, teaching experience, and expertise in current technology.  

Please view our candidates, and contact them or their references directly for more information. 


Additional News and Research

Additional news can be found on our Program News page. Research can also be found on our Working Papers page and on the Economics Study Group website

Last Updated: 5 Feb 2021