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Doctor of Philosophy

Economics

Program of Study

Bring new depth to econometrics and economic theory through a comprehensive core curriculum laying the groundwork for you to confidently focus your studies on a chosen area of focus.

Concentrations available include advanced macroeconomics, advanced microeconomics, econometrics, health economics, industrial organization, international economics, labor and income distribution, and public economics. By focusing on a minimum of two of these concepts, you'll receive an education that is both tailored to your interests and all-pervading. Learn to use mathematical and statistical models to address real-world problems. Harness cost/benefit analysis, optimization theory, economic modeling, forecasting, pricing theory and more.

Approach a research career in government or industry with the applied theory as well as the tactical experience addressing high-level economic scenarios. Completing your dissertation will qualify you to take on complex economic challenges.


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Zhongwen Liang at zliang3@albany.edu.

Core Courses

Economic Theory:

  • Microeconomics I and II
  • Macroeconomics I and II


Econometrics:

  • Econometrics I, II and III


Advanced Research Topics: Eco 798


Fields of Concentration

Preparation for a field of concentration normally requires a year of coursework at the 700 level or above. With the approval of the Department's Graduate Studies Committee, one of the two fields may be replaced by another appropriate discipline or by a specialization combining economics with a related field. Advanced doctoral students are required to participate in at least one of the three workshops of the department (Workshop in Microeconomics, Workshop in Macroeconomics, or Workshop in Econometrics).


Research Tool Requirement


Departmental Qualifying Examinations


Doctoral Dissertation and Oral Defense

Content

Career Outcomes

The UAlbany PhD in Ecomics program prepares you to confidently pursue a career as a professional economist. Other potential job titles include:

  • Tenure-track faculty at international universities and colleges
  • Research economist with public-sector agencies, governmental and international
  • Private-sector economist and advisor positions in banking, communications, health care, consulting and finance


 

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International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

"I have benefited immensely from exceptional teachers. They changed me from a graduate student into a researcher. I will be eternally grateful to them."

-Xugang Sheng, UAlbany PhD graduate and current associate professor at American University

Admissions Requirements
Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available


 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available
Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE

Foreign students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A. The University now accepts IELTS scores as a substitute for TOEFL scores. Students enrolled as full-time students for a minimum of two semesters in U.S. colleges do not have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Each application is evaluated on its individual merits by the Economics Department. The applicant's academic record, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores all weigh heavily in the decision.

Prerequisites

It is not necessary to have an undergraduate degree in economics to apply to the program. However, applicants are expected to have completed a one year sequence in intermediate economic theory, three semesters of calculus, and one semester of linear algebra. While not required, some training in mathematical statistics is highly recommended.

Financial Aid 


Most PhD students receive financial support from the University at Albany in the form of a graduate assistantship or fellowship. For the academic year 2020-21, assistantships and fellowships for first year students provide full tuition relief and a stipend of $18,000. Senior graduate students receive funding through teaching or internships. Through our location in the capital of New York State, the economics department offers several internship opportunities with government agencies and other institutions. In addition, there are various opportunities to work closely with faculty on funded research projects.

Student Learning Objectives


Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

PhD
  • Understand the fundamental principles and models of modern economics in depth, and be able to apply them to economic and social issues.
  • Be able to use mathematical models to analyze behavior.
  • Be able to apply advanced, modern econometric methods to the analysis of data.
  • Have a deep mastery of the subject area in two fields of concentration.
  • Be able to conduct scholarly research.
  • Be able to describe and critique economic research to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Be able to explain economic principles, models and methods to others.
  • Be prepared for employment in academic and/or non-academic institutions.