The University of Maryland’s STEM-designated doctoral program in Economics is ranked in the top 20 economics programs in the country in the most recent National Academy of Sciences study. The Department has about 38 faculty members. The size and diversity of the faculty permits study in virtually every major theoretical and applied area of economics including advanced macro, advanced micro, behavioral and experimental economics, comparative institutional economics, econometrics, economic development, economic history, environmental and natural resource economics, industrial organization, international trade and finance, labor economics, political economy, and public economics.

Although it is a large department, Maryland emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. Students are encouraged to meet frequently with their advisors to discuss their progress in the program. An active set of workshops provides a supportive environment for students who are working on their dissertations. Graduate faculty members are regularly accessible to students. 

The Department's location near Washington, DC, allows our students to benefit from our faculty’s relationship with executive agencies, congressional policy analysts, and international finance organizations.

Submitting GRE scores is optional for Fall 2024 admission.

In order to receive funding as a TA, which is the standard funding package we offer to incoming PhD students, you meet the English Language requirements determined by the Maryland English Institute:  https://marylandenglishinstitute.com/english-programs/international-teaching-assistants/. As of December 2023, the requirements include a minimum of 24 on the speaking section; the requirements are subject to change by the Maryland English Institute and the University of Maryland Graduate School.  A lower score precludes receiving a TA position and necessitates taking an English course that would interfere with taking the standard first year course sequence in Economics.  Therefore, we require applicants to meet the University’s English proficiency requirement at the time of admission. Unfortunately, we are unable to make conditional offers.

Our application deadline for Fall 2025 is December 2, 2024.

Contact Information:

Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-3544
Email: vfletche [at] umd [dot] edu

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