The PhD in Resource Economics at UMass Amherst will prepare you for research positions in industry, academia, and government. By conducting cutting-edge research with faculty members, students have the opportunity to implement real change in the real world.

Our department has expertise in areas such as environmental and natural resource economics, empirical industrial organization, experimental and behavioral economics, and health economics. Taking advanced courses in microeconomics, econometrics, and quantitative methods allows you to customize your degree to personal goals and interests.

The Resource Economics PhD program attracts students from all over the world, thereby enhancing the experience of teaching, learning, and research. In fact, our department is classified as STEM, which can allow international students to obtain a work permit via optional practical training (OPT) for up to three years after graduation.

Recent graduates from our PhD program are employed at top colleges and universities around the world as well as with organizations such as Amazon, the USDA Economics Research Service, Ernst and Young, and Korea Energy Economics Institute.