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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 29.5k / / Year (National)
  • Foreign: $ 29.5k / / Year (National)
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 386pts.

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    Our Ph.D. program faculty consists of 91 economists drawn from the Cornell University Economics Department, the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Johnson School, the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the Hotel School, and the Law School. The Ph.D. degree in Economics is administered by the Cornell Graduate School as the only degree offered by the Graduate Field of Economics.

    The breadth of our faculty offers students many opportunities. Students can focus their doctoral research on a wide range of economics-related topics provided at least two Ph.D. program faculty members approve the topic and agree to supervise the student. The full committee consists of a chair from the Ph.D. program faculty and two or three additional members of the Cornell Graduate Faculty. This flexibility allows students to form dissertation committees that reflect very specific specializations from around Cornell.

    Cornell is a private, Ivy League university and the land-grant university for New York State. Cornell's mission is to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge; produce creative work; and promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community. Cornell also aims, through public service, to enhance the lives and livelihoods of our students, the people of New York, and others around the world.


    Concentrations by Subject
    • applied economics
    • econometrics and economic statistics
    • economic development and planning
    • economic history
    • economic systems
    • economic theory
    • economics of education
    • health economics
    • industrial organization and control
    • international economics
    • labor economics
    • monetary and macro economics
    • public finance

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.



    • Toefl Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
    • Three recommendations
    • Gre general test
    • Statements of Purpose


    The Graduate School takes great pride in supporting a majority of its graduate students – whether through fellowships, assistantships, or grants. Our competitive funding package includes tuition, fees, health insurance, and a living allowance or stipend for 97% of on-campus students in research Ph.D. programs.



    Cornell Economics is on the move! We have more than 50 faculty members, more than 750 majors, more than 100 PhD students, and serve over 5,000 students on campus each year. We are making improvements to our curriculum and student experience, are in the middle of an extensive capital campaign, and are aggressively expanding the faculty.

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