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Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Economics
Durham, NC 27708-0097
General InformationDegree offered:
Areas of specialization include: microeconomics; macroeconomics; econometrics; economic development; environmental economics; health economics; international economics; public finance; industrial organization; history of economic thought; labor economics; and financial economics. Most graduate classes are sufficiently small so that each student gets individual faculty attention. Very active workshops are available for students to work with their major professors on development of their research projects. The holdings of the main library are extensive. The computing facilities extend access to all types of equipment, including workstations, laptops available for check-out, and personal computers with virtually all econometric software packages currently marketed available for graduate student use. There are many opportunities for interaction with related disciplines, including environmental economics in conjunction with the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, finance and regulation through the Fuqua School of Business, law and economics through the School of Law, public policy through the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and statistics through the Statistical Sciences. Additional opportunities are available with scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and the Research Triangle Institute, including the monthly Triangle Econometrics Seminar.
Ph.D.: January 5
M.A.: January 24
Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.
- Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
- Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
- Statement of Purpose: Required
- Résumé: Required
- GRE Scores:
- GRE General: Required
- Note: GMAT scores are not accepted
- English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
*test waiver may apply for some applicants
- GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required
Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)
In addition to Graduate School requirements, the Department of Economics REQUIRES that a supplemental questionnaire be completed. The questionnaire is located in the Departmental Requirements section of the application. You can download a preview of this questionnaire from the Economics Department's website.
Writing sample recommended (not required) for Ph.D. and M.A. applicants.
We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: