Economics (PhD, MA)

Program Overview

Over 60 students from a variety of colleges and universities around the world are enrolled in the Economics Department's graduate program. Faculty members are highly accessible and classes are small (typically five to 20 students), emphasizing student-faculty interaction. Regularly scheduled seminars and workshops allow visiting speakers, departmental faculty and senior graduate students to present on-going research. Assistantship opportunities for exceptional PhD students provide additional practical experience in teaching and research.

The department offers an MA and a PhD program, with approximately 10 graduate courses each semester*. Students may also enroll in finance courses in the School of Management as well as in courses in public administration (PAFF) through the College of Community and Public Affairs. Our emphasis on applied empirical work prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the academic, governmental and private sectors both here in the U.S. and abroad.

The Economics Department is able to waive the application fee for a limited number of qualified PhD candidates. To be considered for the waiver, you must start your application. Once you upload all application documents, email with information in support of your waiver request two weeks before the application deadline. Note that you should not submit your application package until the application fee is either paid or waived. If you are not successful in receiving an application fee waiver you will need to pay the full application fee before the application deadline for your application to be complete.

*To ensure you're contacting the appropriate person for your program of interest, visit our website.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Economics
  • MA in Economics

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. PhD students who are registered and/or certified full-time will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of broad-based fees (this does not include international student fees). Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the Economics website.