Prospective PhDs

Prospective Graduate

Northwestern's Ph.D. program in Economics owes its international reputation to an outstanding faculty, a well-organized program of study, extensive student-faculty interaction, and an excellent record of recruiting, training, and placing talented graduate students.

The Ph.D. program has about 130 students in residence and an entering class size of about 20 to 25 each year. Students generally complete the Ph.D. program in four to six years. The department actively supports the placement of Ph.D. graduates in positions at prestigious universities, government agencies and private corporations.

Located on a scenic lakefront campus in Evanston, just 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, Northwestern University offers the best features of small-town and large-city living. There is easy access by public transportation to the cultural, sporting and recreational opportunities in one of the world's greatest cities.

Please note that the department does not admit students for a terminal MA degree. An MA degree is only available to Economics Ph.D. students who have successfully completed the first year of the doctoral program, and to students enrolled in other doctoral programs at Northwestern.

For more information on the Ph.D. Program in Economics, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at