Economics: PhD

A PhD in economics prepares students to:

  • Teach at liberal arts and research universities
  • Work in state, federal, and international organizations
  • Conduct research or work as a consultant for private industry

The program, with its low student/faculty ratio, is structured to develop high-quality research and teaching skills as well as facilitate successful and timely completion of the degree.

Sequences in micro theory, macro theory, and econometrics are offered in the first year, followed by qualifying examinations (micro and macro) in the summer.

Coursework in the student's chosen fields of specialization is completed in the second or early in the third year.

The research components of the degree include a field-specific research paper, completed in the third year, and a dissertation, typically completed in either the fourth or fifth year.

The PhD program in Economics is classified as STEM (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics).


Candidates for admission to the PhD program must have substantial knowledge of intermediate economic theory, micro and macro, and calculus I, II, III including several or multi-variable calculus, elementary linear algebra, and statistics. Elementary analysis is recommended.

Strong grades in economics and mathematics courses, as well as academic potential, will be important to the admissions committee.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • CV
  • GRE (UO Institution Code: 4846)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • TOEFL/IELTS required of all non-native English Speakers


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Priority Deadline - January 15
Final Deadline - April 1