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Econ PhD students

Doctorate in Economics

The OSU doctoral program in economics is designed to prepare individuals for academic careers, research and administrative positions in business and government. Recent graduates are in leadership positions with the Federal Reserve Bank, Korea Energy Economics Institute and a variety of higher education institutions, including University of Alaska-Anchorage, Wichita State University, Renmin University of China, Sakarya University in Turkey, Northern Lights College in British Columbia, Canada, University of Minnesota, Northeastern State University and IIT Rourkee.
Admitting students in Fall 2024.


  • A total of 64 graduate credit hours are required for a doctoral degree in economics at Oklahoma State University.
  • The program offers specialization in:
    • Regional and Urban Economics
    • International Economics
    • Development Economics
    • Dynamic Macro and Macroeconometrics

Top 20

institution in the world based on publications in top regional academic journals.

Research and Faculty

OSU economic faculty are intellectual leaders who regularly publish in top journals in their fields (Faculty Research), and the program is consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of all economic institutions in the world by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc).


OSU’s Department of Economics is home to the Center for Applied Economic Research and the Oklahoma Economic Forecast.


Meet our Departmental Faculty



The Department of Economics has its own set of requirements for admittance, along with requirements for the OSU Graduate College. Please see department based requirements below:

  • Official GRE scores (Institute code 6546) with a suggested minimum score of 155 for math and 156 for verbal (Note: These scores do not guarantee admission).

  • Recommendation letters: 3 preferred (Minimum 2 required)

  • Resume/cv: Required

  • Statement of Purpose: Required

  • Official Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate degrees: Required

  • International students must also submit proof of English proficiency in the form of a TOEFL (Institute code 6546) or IELTS score.

  • Fall application deadline is Feb. 1.

  • Complete the online application.

Cost & Assistance

OSU is a Research-Extensive University, and graduate students play a vital role in its teaching, research and outreach missions. Doctoral students help finance their graduate education at OSU through employment as Graduate Research Assistants/Associates (GRA).




Assistantships & Funding Opportunities

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