The Economics Ph.D. Program
Our Ph.D. program faculty consists of 87 economists drawn from the Cornell University Economics Department, the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Johnson Graduate School, the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the Hotel School, and the Law School. The Ph.D. degree in Economics is administered by the Cornell Graduate School as the only degree offered by the Graduate Field of Economics.
The breadth of our faculty offers students many opportunities. Students can focus their doctoral research on a wide range of economics-related topics provided at least two Ph.D. program faculty members approve the topic and agree to supervise the student. The full committee consists of a chair from the Ph.D. program faculty and two or three additional members of the Cornell Graduate Faculty. This flexibility allows students to form dissertation committees that reflect very specific specializations from around Cornell.
Cornell is also what we call an open campus. Students may take courses
in areas other than economics and participate in interdisciplinary work. Indeed, many doctoral-level courses in economics are offered by faculty members in colleges and schools across the campus.
Follow this link for a listing of graduate
courses and areas of study available.
- Concentrations (revised September 7, 2012)
- Economics-specific instructions for committee selection and exam scheduling (revised April 3, 2013)
- Critical dates for students who started in 2013 (revised April 3, 2013)
- Critical dates for students who started in 2012 (revised April 3, 2013)
- Critical dates for students who started in 2011 (revised April 3, 2013)
- Critical dates for students who started in 2010 (revised April 3, 2013)
- Critical dates for students who started in 2009 (revised April 3, 2013)
- Econometrics Q-Exam Syllabus (revised February 15, 2013)
- Macroeconomics Q-Exam Syllabus (revised February 15, 2013)
- Microeconomics Q-Exam Syllabus (revised February 15, 2013)
- Alumni (updated May 2013)
- 2012 Placement
- Math Proficiency Exam Information (revised June 5, 2012)
- Prerequisites for Ph.D. Study at Cornell
- The prerequisites explain the background expected of a successful applicant.
- Progress to the Degree
- The program is designed so that the Ph.D. degree can be awarded after five years of diligent study. This page will give you an idea of what the progression entails.
- Faculty Structure
- At Cornell, graduate education is structured differently than at most universities. Follow the link for an explanation of how our program is set up.
- Further Information
- Whom to contact for more information and specific questions.
Links to Interdisciplinary Centers at Cornell
- Center for Analytic Economics
- Center for Applied Mathematics
- Center for the Study of Inequality
- Cognitive Studies Program
- Comparative Economics Development Program
- Cornell Food and Nutrition Program
- Cornell Higher Education Research Institute
- Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research
- Department of Statistical Science
- East Asia Program
- Information Science
- Institute for Compensation Studies
- Institute for European Studies
- Institute for African Development Program
- Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities
- Institute for the Social Sciences
- Labor Dynamics Institute
- Latin America Program
- Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
- Population and Development Program
- South East Asia Program
Department of Economics
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