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What does it cost?

All students admitted to the program are typically offered a graduate assistantship, which currently includes a $24,000 yearly stipend and full tuition waiver for five years. Additional funding through fellowships is also available.

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Fifty-seven semester hours of coursework, as a minimum, must be successfully completed for graduation. When feasible, registration in 15 hours per semester is encouraged; at a minimum, students must register for nine hours per semester (excluding summer session).

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall: January 15

Spring: Does not admit

Summer: Does not admit

Economics, Ph.D.

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

In the innovative Ph.D. 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, the rigorous curriculum will equip you to meet today’s complex challenges and educate the next generation of public economics experts.

We offer six fields of specialization within economics: environmental, experimental, health, labor, public and urban. Students choose one primary and one secondary field, and many students choose research that spans more than one field.

Our program has been given a STEM designation, which recognizes the rigorous instruction all students receive. It also benefits international students who can, upon graduation, apply for a STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa extension that allows them to work in the United States for up to 29 months rather than one year (starting with students entering in Fall 2020).

Program Details

A completed application includes the following materials submitted online. Do not submit paper copies:

  1. Submitted Online Application. 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 the 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 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 and received by Georgia State by the application deadline. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at
  6. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS academic scores.
  7. Three Letters of Recommendation: Letters should be submitted through the online application.
  8. Upload Transcripts from each Post-secondary College/University Attended:
    • Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application or upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has been submitted.
    • Review requirements for submitting transcripts here.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.

Application Information

The doctoral program is composed of:

  • Economic Theory and History (15 credit hours)
  • Mathematical and Statistical Tools (12 credit hours)
  • Applied Economics (12 credit hours)
  • Elective Fields (9 credit hours)
  • Secondary Field (6 credit hours)
  • Dissertation Research (3 credit hours)

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Program Overview

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

Students admitted to the program are typically offered a graduate assistantship with a minimum $24,000 yearly stipend and full tuition waiver.

The Ph.D. in Economics program seeks to develop in the student a high level of competence in conducting basic and applied research and prepare the student for a career requiring a doctorate in economics. To accomplish these objectives, the program provides a rigorous and in-depth course of study emphasizing the latest theoretical knowledge, quantitative techniques, research methodology and empirical evidence in the student’s field of specialization.



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.

Ph.D. Candidates & Placements

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Phone: 404-413-0141
Fax: 404-413-0145

Office Location:
55 Park Place NE
6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mailing address:
Department of Economics
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3992
Atlanta, GA 30302-3992

Academic Assistance
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-0021

Office Location:
AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance
55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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