In the PhD in Economics program at UMass Amherst, you'll build a sophisticated and critical grounding in economic analysis leading to creative contributions to research, teaching, and social policy.

The Department of Economics is internationally known as a center of research in innovative approaches to the field. With a small annual cohort of approximately 10 students, the program prioritizes close collaboration between faculty and students, attracting talented learners on a par with other highly selective graduate programs across the country.

Diverse in their backgrounds and interests, our students are drawn by the Economics program's strengths in political economy, development economics, international economics, economic history, gender and class, labor economics, comparative economic systems, growth and distribution, and more.

Our graduates are recruited for teaching positions at leading liberal arts and research institutions in the United States and abroad. Others work in non-academic institutions, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations, the Economic Policy Institute, and various labor-union research and education departments.