General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 49
  • Students: 85
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 98% of Ph.D. students
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadlines: January 4
Application Info


Adam Rosen
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Economics
Duke University
Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1891


Program Description

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 Duke Libraries holdings are extensive, and economics graduate students have access to many digital and computing resources. 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.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadlines: January 4

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

Writing Sample
Writing sample recommended (not required) for Ph.D. applicants.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance (Ph.D.)