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Program Requirements 

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 50 credit hours of work in core courses and field sequences
  • Attend at least one departmental workshop each semester beginning in the second year of residence
  • Write and successfully defend a dissertation of scholarly content and scope that demonstrates ability to carry out a substantial independent research project


Funding is available for up to five years, provided the student maintains satisfactory progress in the program. Funding beyond five years is up to the discretion of the department.

For more information, review our funding package.


The Economics doctoral curriculum consists of 50 total credit hours completed over four-five years, including summer sessions. The curriculum is broken down into core courses, research methodology credits, and fields of specialization courses and consists of: 

  • 16 credit hours in economic theory
  • 10 credit hours in econometrics
  • 6 credit hours in research methodology
  • 6 credit hours in a specialty field.
  • 6 credit hours in a secondary field
  • 6 credit hours of electives


For detailed descriptions of courses, please visit Purdue’s online Course Catalog. 


Economics graduates have gone on to secure research-focused faculty, postdoc* and industry positions at the following institutions/organizations:

  • Baylor University*
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Bureau of Labor and Statistics
  • Chapman University*
  • College of William and Mary
  • Fudan University
  • Georgia Tech*
  • Mississippi State University
  • National University of Singapore*
  • Ohio State University*
  • State University of New York
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Innsbruck*
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison*
  • USDA Economic Research Service
  • Villanova University
  • Washington University-St. Louis*

Graduates also thrive in industry and government, landing positions at

  • Afiniti
  • Ernst & Young
  • Northrop Grumman
  • USDA Economic Research Service
  • U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • and many more

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