PhD Program

The Department of Economics offers a joint PhD in Economics and Public Policy in conjunction with The Fletcher School. This program offers an individually tailored degree with personal input from faculty members. Doctoral students will build a depth of knowledge in at least two specialized fields, and an ability to perform independent research that informs theory and/or policy with possible publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The Neubauer Family Program in Economics and Public Policy (PhD) received STEM designation in August 2020. A STEM-designated program is an academic program that falls under at least one of the approved categories from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These categories are recognized by the government for their focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. Traditionally, with an F-1 visa, students were eligible for up to 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT allows students to work towards getting practical training to complement their field of studies in the U.S. once they have completed their program. STEM students are allowed to apply to extend that period of time even for up to 24 months.

Neubauer Family Program in Economics and Public Policy (PhD)

Collaborative program in which students are full members of both the Department of Economics, and The Fletcher School and its vibrant and interdisciplinary public policy community.


Please visit our admissions website for comprehensive information on our admissions processes and requirements, deadlines, financial and merit aid options, forms and instructions.

Graduate Admissions Tuition and Aid Request Information

For program-specific information, please contact Debra Knox, or the PhD program director: