Program Information:

Program Statement:
    The Department of Economics at Iowa State University presents a unique tradition of excellence in graduate education, overseeing a Ph.D. Program in both economics and agricultural economics.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in economics and an ability to critically evaluate it.
  • Articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to economic knowledge.
  • Effectively apply theory and qualitative and quantitative empirical methods to address research questions; understand how to acquire, analyze, and report data.
  • Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into existing knowledge in the discipline.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing.
  • Always conduct scholarship, whether independently or in teams, in ways that reflect ethical practice and professionalism.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 5.8 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 0.8 year (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Amy Bainum Emmett
Phone: 515-294-2702
E-mail Address:

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements: International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 570
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 88
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 59
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    January 15 of the year you are seeking fall admission. We do not offer spring or summer admission. Currently, applications are not being accepted for the M.S. degree for fall 2019.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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