Our department strives to give students not only a broad understanding of the discipline, but also the opportunity to explore at least three fields in depth. We offer course work in these major fields:
advanced economic theory
development and economics of transition
games and experimental methods
We offer two additional fields in partnership with the Kelley School of Business. You can pursue industrial organization through IU Economics and Kelley’s Department of Business Economics and Public Policy (BEPP) or a field in finance through our partnership with the Kelley School’s Department of Finance.
Once you have completed the core requirements and exams, you participate in the process of designing your field specialization and course of study. Our department provides a general framework for this and your faculty advisory committee provides guidance.
World-class faculty, research, + resources
Our department is home to over 30 faculty members who are respected leaders in the field of Economics. We also maintain a close relationship with the Business Economics and Public Policy department (BEPP) in the Kelley School of Business.
We are affiliated with several research centers on campus including the Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, the Ostrom Workshop, and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.
The IU campus is rich with resources to support your studies. You will have access to a vast library system, computing facilities and laboratories, area studies programs and centers, and more.
Our graduate students come from a variety of backgrounds, representing diverse ethnic and racial groups from all parts of the United States and most regions of the world. Their educational backgrounds range from small liberal arts colleges to large state universities. Some have completed only the B.A. or B.S., while others have M.A. degrees. The average size of our incoming class is between 18 and 20 students.
Our students have won a variety of prestigious awards for their dissertations and teaching. They have also received MacArthur Fellowships, Starr Fellowships, International Research Exchange Fellowships, and National Science Foundation grants for support of dissertation research in the United States and abroad.
Tilburg University rankings
Tilburg University creates a ranking of all of the Ph.D. granting Economics departments in the world, and IU Economics consistently places among the best.
22ndin the United States
top 10among U.S. public universities