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Ph.D. in Economics

Whether you’re looking to engage in innovative academic research or provide economic leadership in government and business, Fordham’s Ph.D. program in economics will give you the specialized training you need to make a direct impact on the world.

You’ll work closely with our renowned faculty members, whose expertise extends to the classroom and the boardroom at the highest levels—and whose publishing credits include the best-selling textbook on international economics in the world. You’ll gain a broad knowledge of economic theory and quantitative methods while specializing in one of four tracks:

  • Development Economics focuses on evaluating economic policy, analyzing country risk, and assessing human development programs.
  • Financial Economics emphasizes portfolio selection, risk management, asset pricing, financial markets, and corporate finance.
  • International Economics provides the economic and analytical tools to address business and public policy problems that arise through foreign trade, investment, development assistance, and capital flows.
  • Monetary Economics centers on monetary theory—including inflation targeting and price setting behavior—and exposes students to dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models and vector autoregression techniques.

Program Highlights

  • Ph.D. students receive a 3-year fellowship package with optional funding for two to three additional years
  • Opportunity to take courses, pursue research, consult with faculty, and use the libraries at Columbia University, New York University, The New School, CUNY Graduate Center, Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Stony Brook University as part of the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium
  • Three-week intensive summer math camp to provide you with the mathematical foundations for success in your first year
  • Variety of fields and electives offered.
  • Small classes with individual attention and guidance for career preparation
  • Faculty involving in job market preparation including job market preparation meetings, mock interviews, and practice job talks
  • Annual Ph.D. workshops in applied microeconomics, macroeconomics and international finance, and finance.
  • Courses offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate part-time students at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx.


Our graduates have gone on to careers in academia and as financial analysts, economists, and executives in several fields:

  • Academic (international and domestic)
  • Central Banks
  • European Commission, Joint Committee on Taxation (US)
  • Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, FINRA, US Trust
  • Multinational business
  • Non-governmental organizations (World Bank and UN)
  • International banking
  • International public administration and government