The Economics Department offers a PhD in Economics for individuals who want to continue their studies in applied economics beyond the master’s level and to conduct research on policy-oriented issues under the guidance of faculty with national reputations in health, labor, public economics, and environmental studies. It is an innovative program that provides students with a mastery of advanced empirical and analytical methods so they can conduct high-quality research and contribute to the knowledge base in business, government, non-profit, and research settings. The Department conducts high-quality nationally-recognized research that supports its academic programs, promotes economic understanding, and fosters economic development in the Triad and the state.
Classes at the doctoral level are small and students benefit from direct and frequent interactions with faculty. Students begin working in applied research early in their programs and are encouraged to work with faculty to identify policy problems they want to investigate through the dissertation. Our PhD students frequently work with faculty on grant-funded research and co-author papers for presentation at regional and national professional meetings.