Economics (PHD, MA)

Program Overview

The Department of Economics offers programs of study leading to the Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in economics. The program is ranked 10th in agricultural and natural resource economics, and 19th in economic history amongst all PhD-granting institutions in the United States. Newly revamped and constantly expanding, the program seeks top-performing students who are prepared to conduct rigorous research. Students do not need to have a bachelor's degree in economics, but applicants should have a strong math background.

Currently economics faculty can supervise dissertations in the following areas (according to the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) standard classification codes):

  • Econometrics (JEL C1 – C4)
  • Macroeconomics (JEL E)
  • Labor economics (JEL J)
  • Development economics (JEL O1)
  • Environmental economics (JEL Q)

The MA curriculum includes core courses on theory and econometrics and electives.

Approximately two-thirds of the PhD students in the program qualify for funding in the form of graduate or research assistantships, which includes tuition scholarship and medical insurance.

Degrees Offered

  • PHD in Economics
  • MA in Economics

Internships, research opportunities and more

The program has a strong emphasis on quantitative training. The PhD in particular requires a solid math foundation. For students who lack background in calculus or linear algebra, or those who wish to have a refresher course in those subjects, a “math boot camp” is offered free of charge to all admitted students prior to the start of the fall semester.

The program boasts expert faculty who are distinguished in their fields of research. Small class sizes (ranging from 5 to 25 students) fosters high student-faculty interactions. Faculty is available for advising and research supervision. The department hosts regular seminars and workshops where students are exposed to prominent visiting scholars and ongoing research by the faculty and colleagues. Students can also take advantage of the proximity to New York City for internship and job opportunities.

After You Graduate

The empirical emphasis of the program trains students for a wide variety of jobs. The most recent graduating class have enjoyed an 100% placement rate in full-time employment. Alumni often pursue careers in industry, particularly those involving data management and policy analysis. Graduates have also been placed in both domestic and international institutions such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Morgan Stanley, Finanzas y Technologia, Goldman Sachs, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Temple University and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores)

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.

Class Profile

Total Enrollment: 68
International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 94%


GRE Quantitative: 84%


GRE Quantitative: 82%
GPA: 3.62

*Score(s) represent the AVERAGE for the most recently admitted class. Scoring lower will not result in automatic rejection of your application, and scoring higher does not guarantee acceptance.


Degree Fall Spring
PHD in EconomicsFebruary 1N/A
MA in EconomicsMay 15 (Rolling for Accelerated Economics BS/MA)N/A

For more information, visit the Economics website.