Frequently Asked Questions about the Program

Q: How does Stern’s PhD program differ from PhD programs in arts and science economics?

A: The content is the same. You will take the same core courses and comprehensive examinations as your colleagues in NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science economics program.

Q: Then why should I apply to Stern?

A: Our program is much smaller which means more resources per student. We can give more personal attention to our students than most arts and science programs. All of our students are matched with an advisor, and students regularly interact with faculty and professors in small groups. Many students work with faculty on co-authored projects. Our placement record reflects this.

Q: How many students do you have?

A: We enroll one to four students each year. This keeps the total size of the PhD program between ten and twenty students (see current student list).

Q: What kinds of jobs do your students get?

A: Compared with traditional programs, a larger share of our students become assistant professors (see placement report). Employers include economics departments and business schools (economics, finance, strategy, and marketing), the Federal Reserve, and first-rate economic consulting firms.

Q: Do I need to major in economics as a undergrad?

A: Not necessarily. Our program is intensive in mathematics, and any major that prepares you for rigorous thinking will be helpful. Past and current students have benefitted from a strong foundation in mathematics (e.g., through undergraduate course work in analysis.)

Q: What fields can I study?

A: The expertise of our faculty and the broader NYU community supports PhD research in almost any field of economics. NYU Stern Economics faculty is particularly strong in macroeconomics (including applications to finance), industrial organization (including applied econometrics and theory), and economic history.

Q: How do I apply?

A: You can apply through the NYU Stern PhD office

Alumni testimonials

"The goal of doing great research was always very clear and the faculty actively provided a supportive and productive environment to make that happen. I am grateful to have found an academic home at Stern and a group of mentors whom I can still turn to beyond graduate school."
Sandy Yu '15, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California at Berkeley