Ph.D. in Economics

Our doctoral program provides rigorous training in modern theory and data analysis. We are particularly strong in the fields of applied microeconomics, especially labor economics, education, economic development, public finance and health economics, and also international macroeconomics. Our graduates work as university professors, conduct policy analysis in government agencies and non-governmental organizations, and work in leading private sectors firms.

We enroll about 10 new doctoral students per year and the modest size of our program allows us to have small classes, provide support to our students, and have a lot of student-faculty interaction. About half of our students are from the United States and the other half come from all over the world.

We are particularly excited about the young faculty members who we were able to recruit to teach at UIC over the last few years. They, along with our senior faculty, help create a lively intellectual atmosphere and ensure our students have sufficient training and mentoring to do great work. A distinguishing feature of our department is a high level of faculty research collaboration with graduate students. Over the past three years graduate students have coauthored articles with faculty that have been published in the Economic Journal, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Economics of Education Review. We also have three weekly research seminars where external scholars and UIC faculty and students present and discuss their work.

Information on the application process can be found on our How to Apply page.

The PhD degree requires at least 104 hours beyond the bachelor's degree and 72 hours beyond the master's degree. Our program is designed to be completed in five or six years. Below are our course requirements, exams, and research requirements.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

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