Economics (PHD)


Economics, PhD

On Campus 90 cr

At Nebraska, economists begin with solid technical training in economic theory and quantitative methods and progress to applications of those tools in selected fields.


The Ph.D. is a scholarly degree, preparing students to make significant contributions advancing the discipline and communicating those advances in the form of publication and teaching. Graduates are employed in college and university teaching positions as well as in research and consulting for business and government. Admission requirements include strong academic achievement and training in economics, mathematics, and statistics. See our website for specific admission requirements.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal Statement:  Your statement should give your reasons and goals behind attending graduate school. You may also highlight your strengths and explain any apparent weaknesses in your application.
  • Writing Sample (optional):  This sample should demonstrate your scholarly writing ability, for example via a term paper, thesis, or published article.

Admission Deadlines

March 1 for Fall. October 31 for Spring.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed



Graduate Chair

Sam Allgood

Support Staff

Kellie Reynolds

Tuition & Fees

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