Online Doctoral Degrees in Economics

An online doctoral degree in economics may provide individuals with advanced study in the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. In this three to five-year program, students may learn how to research and collect economic data, interpret and forecast market trends, and design policies for solving economic issues. Program coursework may include some specialized electives alongside major courses such as international trade, modern statistics, and corporate finance.

Upon graduation, students may seek employment in their chosen field. Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in post-secondary education, government, and finance.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 6% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for an online doctoral-level degree in economics may consist of major-specific classes, electives within the student’s chosen focus area, and dissertation research courses. These classes teach students how to study historical economic trends, analyze consumer demand, and determine the costs of products. Core economics classes may include the following:

  • Microeconomics Theory
  • International Trade
  • Corporate Finance
  • Development Economics
  • Modern Statistics
  • Electric Commerce
  • International Economics

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may find employment in areas such as academia, government, research and development, and finance. Economist employment opportunities are projected to increase by 6% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Labor Economist
  • College Professor
  • Public Finance Economist
  • Financial Economist
  • International Economist

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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