The University of Maryland’s Department of Economics is ranked in the top 20 economics programs in the country in the most recent National Academy of Sciences study. The Department has about 35 faculty members. The size and diversity of the faculty permits study in virtually every major theoretical and applied area of economics including advanced macro, advanced micro, behavioral and experimental economics, comparative institutional economics, econometrics, economic development, economic history, environmental and natural resource economics, industrial organization, international trade and finance, labor economics, political economy, and public economics.

Although it is a large department, Maryland emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. Students are encouraged to meet frequently with their advisors to discuss their progress in the program. An active set of workshops provides a supportive environment for students who are working on their dissertations. Graduate faculty members are regularly accessible to students. 

The Department's location near Washington, DC, allows our students to benefit from our faculty’s relationship with executive agencies, congressional policy analysts, and international finance organizations.

Due to the unusually large number of admitted Ph.D. students last spring who deferred entry into our program until Fall 2021, we may only be able to offer funding to a limited number of newly admitted students this year. Applicants should also be aware that we are an affirmative action department and that we are especially interested in recruiting strong African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American students to our Ph.D. program.  As always, we will consider applications from students who have already secured an outside source of funding.

For admission for Fall 2021, submitting GRE scores is optional.

Contact Information:

Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-3544
Email: vfletche [at] umd [dot] edu

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