“This is an ambitious and exciting program, both in terms of high academic standards and policy-orientation. Those interested in environmental, experimental, labor/health, public, and urban and regional economics should be attracted to apply. In particular European students will find a setting that meets their expectations.”
Klaus F. Zimmerman, PhD
Former Director, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Our Program

With internationally renowned faculty and research centers, our doctoral program in economics takes a pioneering approach to economics that emphasizes public policy and empirical evaluation.

In our innovative doctorate program, you’ll master advanced econometrics and experimental methods to learn how economics and policy work together in preparation for a successful career as a researcher, university instructor or both.

Combining the latest economic theory, analytical skills, research methodology and empirical techniques, our rigorous curriculum will equip you to meet today’s complex challenges and educate the next generation of public economics experts.

Note: While we prefer applicants with undergraduate degrees in economics, we accept other majors. Applicants may apply with or without a master’s degree. As appropriate, students may elect to earn a master’s degree with thesis, nonthesis and policy options concurrently with their doctorate.

Financial Aid

Most full-time doctoral students receive financial aid. Research assistantships for first year students typically pay $24,000 per year and include a tuition waiver.

Listen to what the the program director, Dr. Rusty Tchernis, has to say about the Ph.D. in Economics program.

Application Deadline*

Fall Semester
  • Deadline - January 15

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type: "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College: "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program: "Economics; Doctor of Philosophy"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Personal/Goal Statement: Two to three page, typed statement of interest covering personal and professional goals as they relate to the Ph.D. in Economics, including desired area of specialization, research interests, and faculty with whom applicant would like to work. Statement should discuss your reasons for applying to the doctoral program, expectations for completion of the coursework and dissertation, and prospective employment. Include special circumstances, if any, or other information not covered in the application that you think would be helpful in evaluating your application.
  4. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Provide a complete, current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your academic, research, clinical, and/or other relevant experiences.
  5. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at
  6. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  7. Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  8. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.** Do not send paper copies unless instructed to do so.
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts. This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English. If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

If you need assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs.

If you want to learn more about our programs, please contact the Office of Academic Assistance for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at

Our graduates hold top positions in academia, international agencies, the private sector and all levels of federal and state government. Recent placements include academic and research appointments at Columbia University, Indiana University and Williams College, and critical leadership roles at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the World Bank.

Career Links

Program Overview


The Andrew Young School faculty conduct nationally acclaimed policy research. Our research centers assess performance and evaluate programs for state, federal and local governments and nonprofit agencies, all of which regularly rely on us for counsel.

In addition, our faculty publish dozens of articles each year in scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy and Review of Economic Studies.

Collaborate with researchers in the following centers to gain practical experience:

  • Atlanta Census Research Data Center
  • Center for State and Local Finance
  • Experimental Economics Center
  • Fiscal Research Center
  • Georgia Health Policy Center
  • International Center for Public Policy
  • Usery Workplace Research Group