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How to apply to the Ph.D. program in economics at Iowa.

Ph.D. Program in Economics

Our Ph.D. program is relatively small, with all the advantages small programs offer—an open and friendly environment and a low student-faculty ratio. In addition, all our Ph.D. students are supported through fellowships or research or teaching assistantships for five years. Stipends are competitive with any graduate program in the country.

Perhaps most important, our attitude is right. The profession is only beginning to recognize the gains made in our department over the last several years. See a quick snapshot of our recent placements and flyouts.

The links at left provide a detailed description of our program. An undergraduate concentration in economics is not required, although prior exposure to economics is a factor in the admission decision. Admission prospects also are brighter for the student who has a strong aptitude in mathematics and has completed at least one course in Real Analysis.

Should you have questions or need information about the department, you can contact Renea Jay, the Ph.D. coordinator, at 319-335-0830 or by email to

We look forward to hearing from you.