The Ph.D. program in Economics at SMU is the oldest Ph.D. program at the University and has a long track record of providing students with rigorous training in a broad range of fundamental methodologies for conducting economic research. The program is relatively small which allows for an open and friendly environment, and a low student-faculty ratio. Few programs can match the careful supervision, faculty contact time, and the individualized mentoring that our Ph.D. students receive.
The department’s research strength encompasses a wide number of fields including macroeconomics and economic growth, international and urban economics, applied microeconomics and econometrics, microeconomic theory, and experimental and behavioral economics. A hallmark of our program is an insistence on high quality theoretical training as a foundation for work in each of these fields.