A Successful Career in Economics
The primary mission of our graduate program is to educate students as research economists. En route to their Ph.D. degrees, our graduate students acquire a broad background and wide range of skills that make them excellent university teachers and professional economists. An advanced degree in economics thus offers an exciting range of career choice in academia, business, and government.
The dedication of our graduate faculty to excellence in economics education is reflected in the depth and breadth of their research activities. Our faculty includes three Fellows of the Econometric Society and several editors and associate editors of top-ranked economics journals. Our department contributes to and benefits from the rich diversity and resources of The Ohio State University (OSU). The OSU has channeled its Selective Investment Funding to the Department of Economics, and the Graduate School supports our program as one of strong Ph.D. programs selected from approximately 100 Ph.D. programs at OSU. We embarked on Goal 2010 a dozen years ago, and we have advance into the top 10 ranked economics programs among public universities and in the top 25 of all U.S. economics departments in terms of publication productivity. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action program and committed to improve the state of historically under-represented groups in our profession.
Graduate students are an integral part of our academic community and make essential contributions to the quality of intellectual life in the Department of Economics. About 90 graduate students are in the Economics Ph.D. program. Our entering class consists of approximately 20 students selected from a very competitive pool of approximately 350 applicants from all over the world. In recent years, we have ranked in the top echelon of all departments at The Ohio State University in the number of university fellowships awarded to new graduate students. Almost all of our Ph.D. students are supported through research and teaching assistantships with competitive stipends and full tuition waiver. We also provide conference travel support, dissertation research support, and enthusiastic support for the job market preparations of our dissertation students.
This part of our home page is a concise summary of the scope and vigor of our graduate program. For more information, please contact our Office of Graduate Studies or the Director of Graduate Studies. Detailed governance of our graduate program is spelled out in our Policies and Procedures for Graduate Studies in Economics, which is also available from our home page, but is undergoing a significant revision as we prepare for the new semester system that starts in Summer 2012. For your convenience, we have summarized admission information in a separate section on admission and application.
David Blau, Professor of Economics and Department Chair
Hajime Miyazaki, Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies
Dan Levin, Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Placement
Richard Corley, Graduate Program Coordinator