PhD Program


Take core courses from experts in micro, macro, and econometrics, then choose your electives.


Work closely with top faculty in your chosen field.

MU faculty and students produce research published in leading journals like the EconometricaQuarterly Journal of EconomicsJournal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, American Economic Journal (various), Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Energy Economics, and more.

Financial Support

Receive full financial support through teaching and research assistantships, plus additional funding through department fellowships, campus travel grants (from GPC and Graduate School), and other sources.  This funding is provided automatically for all students (domestic or international), no separate application required.  You can expect free tuition, free health insurance, and an annual stipend (salary) of at least $27,000, for all five years that you're in our program.  Some applicants have been offered an additional amount up to +$10,000/yr.


Win awards from our department, campus, and beyond.

Job Placement

Pursue a career in the sector of your choice: academic, government, non-profit, or industry.  For international students: our program is officially STEM-designated, so you benefit from the OPT extension.

Life in Columbia, MO

Columbia consistently stands out for its high quality of life and low cost of living.

Enjoy the many cultural amenities of an educated college town as well as a bounty of natural areas and outdoor activities, with the low stress and friendliness of a smaller city.

PhD Program Details

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Contact Information

Dr. David Kaplan
Director of Doctoral Studies