Top Economics Degree Program in Philadelphia

Students interested in studying economics in Philadelphia, PA, have several schools from which to choose. Read about the top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

Among the 17 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area that offer degrees in economics, few stand out as offering the highest quality education in the field. Based on programs, student services and rankings, the following school is considered one of the top schools in Philadelphia for economics degrees:

  • Winner: The University of Pennsylvania is the only school in the area that is nationally ranked in the top 10, and the only university with a student-to-faculty ratio of less than 10-to-1. This school offers economics degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.

School Info Chart

Category University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
Rankings Tied at #8 for National Universities (2015)*
Location Philadelphia, PA
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $45,890**
Economics Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 96%**
Noteworthy University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School is the first business school in the world; UPenn has the top-ranked overall undergraduate business programs in the country

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

The University of Pennsylvania

  • Penn's economics department ranks within the best 10 across the country
  • The University of Pennsylvania has over 4,000 faculty members, over 225 of which are dedicated to the Wharton School
  • The Wharton School contains one of the top-published faculty worldwide, and the school's online journal reaches close to 2 million subscribers
  • The Wharton School provides numerous social opportunities for students with its more than 45 clubs

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) was founded by Benjamin Franklin and opened in 1751 as the first American learning institution to offer a liberal arts curriculum. This institution boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1. Penn possesses 100 centers and institutes for research, making it a highly ranked research university at the national level. An education at Penn is made monetarily feasible by students' established needs being matched entirely with financial aid. Seven faculty members have received a MacArthur Fellowship Award, five have been granted a National Medal of Science and five have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

Students at Penn can pursue an economics education in either the Wharton School or the School of Arts and Sciences. The Wharton School offers a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics. The School of Arts and Sciences features a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Ph.D. in Economics.

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