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Admission To Graduate Study

With leading researchers in economic theory, econometrics, international economics, and macroeconomics, the Economics Department at Penn State is an outstanding department (faculty areas of interest may be found here).  A consequence is that students who receive a Ph.D. from Penn State and whose doctoral research is excellent have access to positions at leading academic and research institutions. Our recent placement record confirms this.  In the past decade, some of our Ph.D. students have obtained tenure track positions at Harvard, MIT, NYU, Cornell, in business schools at Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, and Toronto.  Our recent placements may be found here.

Although most highly ranked departments have good placement records, there are some special reasons you should consider Penn State.  The faculty is very accessible to graduate students and placement of graduate students is a priority for the department. 

Penn State is located in a pleasant rural setting in the geographic center of Pennsylvania.  Although it is in a small town, it is not isolated intellectually. There is an active program of visiting speakers in 5 separate workshops. In addition, the department hosts conferences. There is a twice yearly joint Penn State-Cornell conference at which graduate students make about half the presentations. In recent years, Penn State has hosted the Midwest Math Econ and International Trade Conference, and several conferences on special topics.