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The College offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree with specializations in health economics, international economics, monetary economics, public economics, regional and urban economics and resource economics. Our program is built around an applied curriculum with a strong theoretical and quantitative foundation. We involve our students in research projects early, so that by the time they complete the Ph.D. many have one or more research articles accepted in academic journals.

Career Profile

The Ph.D. degree in economics presents a wide variety of job opportunities - in academia, in government, in international organizations and in the corporate sector. Most commonly, our graduates look for initial employment in academia. To help placement in the academic field, each doctoral student is offered full responsibility for teaching undergraduate classes. This preparation, together with their success in publishing research articles, has made our graduates extremely competitive in the job market.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

February 1

Spring Deadline

Do not admit

Summer Deadline

Do not admit

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The College of Business and Economics is AACSB accredited, and has been for over 60 years. Only 5% of business schools globally receive this distinction.

Faculty Profile

Stratford Douglas, Ph.D

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