Economics PhD Program Rankings

Learn about some of the top PhD programs available in the field of economics. Get detailed information on two of the best schools to offer these programs, and see a list of other highly-ranked schools in the field.

Schools Overview

Economics is a broad field of study focusing on how resources are used. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in economics are available at many colleges and universities across the nation, offering specialties in areas such as international economics, business economics, agricultural economics and quantitative economics. Two top-ranked colleges to offer these Ph.D. programs include Harvard and Princeton, both Ivy League schools with highly selective admissions processes.

1. Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

School Highlight: Ranked First by U.S. News and World Report in the nation among schools offering graduate level programs in economics for their 2013 ratings.

Graduate students at this 4-year, private school can pursue a Ph.D. in Economics that includes intensive courses in both micro and macro economics theory. This doctoral economics program is designed to be completed in three years and includes a research thesis requirement.

2. Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report ranked the university first (tying with Harvard, MIT and the University of Chicago), to offer graduate programs in economics.

Princeton University is another top-ranked school to offer a Ph.D. program in economics. The Department of Economics at Princeton offers a Ph.D. in Economics, which is renowned as one of the best graduate economics programs in the world. As with Harvard, admission into this economics Ph.D. program is highly selective.

Top Ph.D. Programs in Economics

College/University Name Distinction Location
Columbia University Columbia ranked 4th on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of national universities. New York, NY
Cornell University Cornell has more than 100 students enrolled in its Ph.D. program in economics, and faculty consists of 91 economists. Ithaca, NY
Duke University Program features three grant-funded and faculty-run research labs for development and health economics. Durham, NC
Johns Hopkins University Students have access to the Center for Financial Economics, seminars and lecture series. Baltimore, MD
Northwestern University The Journal of the European Economic Association ranked Northwestern's economics department fourth in the world. Evanston, IL
Stanford University Stanford tied for a #5 ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 list of best graduate schools offering economics programs. Stanford, CA
University of California - Berkeley Along with Stanford, Berkeley placed #5 on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 list of top economics schools. Berkeley, CA
University of Pennsylvania Students have access to archives and centers such as The Penn Institute for Economic Research, the International Economic Review, and the Center for International Comparisons. Philadelphia, PA

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