Graduate Program

The Department of Economics at Boston College is an exciting community of scholars from many countries who pursue applied and theoretical research on the pressing economic and social issues that face the world in the 21st century. The doctoral program is designed to train economists for careers in teaching and research by providing strong backgrounds in economic theory, quantitative research methods and applied fields.

The graduate program in economics is dedicated to full-time Ph.D. students. The doctoral program is designed to train economists for careers in teaching and research by providing strong backgrounds in economic theory, quantitative research methods, and applied fields. Requirements include course work, comprehensive examinations, a doctoral dissertation, and a one-year residence requirement.

The Department of Economics has a full-time graduate faculty of 34 and admits about 16 full-time students per year into the Ph.D. program. The size of the program permits the department to offer a broad range of courses while at the same time enabling students to receive a good deal of individual attention. 

#19

among U.S. economics departments

IDEAS rankings, 2017

Where do our graduates work?

Stonehill College

Alexander Eiermann, 2017

Analysis Group

Igor Karagodsky, 2017

Tulane University - Post Doctoral Fellow

Mashfiqur Khan, 2017

International Monetary Fund

Ana Lariau, 2017

Bank of Korea

Choon Sung Lim, 2017

Carleton College

Ethan Struby, 2017

Wayne State University, Mike Ilitch School of Business

Francesca Toscano, 2017

Rice University

Rossella Calvi, 2016

HEC Montréal

Giacomo Candian, 2016

Recent Dissertations

Barrail​, Zulma – "​Expansion of the Middle Class, Consumer Credit Markets and Volatility in Emerging Countries​"​

Eiermann, ​Alexander ​​– "Essays on Macroeconomics and Asset Pricing​"​

Karagodsky, ​Igor​ – "Essays in Corporate Finance​"​

​Mashfiqur, Khan – "Social Security and Labor Supply of Older Workers and the Disabled​​"​

​Bolentini​, Ana Lariau – "Essays in Macro-Labor"

​Choon-Sung​, ​​Lim – "Essays in Labor Economics"

​Struby, Ethan​ – "Essays on Information in Macroeconomics and Finance"

Toscano, ​Francesca​ – "Essays in Empirical Corporate Finance"​​

Watson, Ekin – "Essays on Fiscal Policy​"​

 

Bonacorsi, Laura - "Essays in International Trade"

Calvi, Rossella – "Essays on Health and Family Economics in India"

Candian, Giacomo – "Essays on Information and Financial Frictions in Macroeconomics"

Greco, Rosalia – "Essays in Political Economy of Redistribution and Immigration"

Hristakeva, Sylvia – "Essays in Applied Industrial Organization"

Petkov, Ivan – "Essays on Local Determinants of Economic Growth"

Potter, Tristan – "Globalization, Monetary Policy and Labor Market Dynamics"

Smith, Michael – "The Effects of Mandatory Disclosure on Product Quality, Prices, and Competition"

Zhang, Wen – "Globalization, Monetary Policy and Labor Market Dynamics"

De Marco, Filippo – “Banks, Sovereign Debt and Capital Requirements”

Georges, Francis –“Two Essays in Applied Microeconomics”

Huang, Naijing – “Essays in Time Series Analysis”

Kwon, Junghyun –  “Essays in Health and Labor Economics”

Macchiavelli, Marco – “Essays in Macroeconomics and Finance”

Minasyan, Gohar – “Essays in International Macroeconomics”

Turhan, Bertan – “Essays in Market Design”

Wong, Yat Fung – “Consumer Search and Its Implications for Market Competitions”

Aygun, Orhan – “Three Essays on Matching with Contracts”

Bhate, Rucha – "Essays in macroeconomics of emerging markets"

Bo, Inacio – “Essays in Matching Theory and Mechanism Design”

Briglevics, Tamas – “Essays on Money and Credit”

Bundick, Brent – "Monetary policy and the Great Recession"

Cai, Jinghan – “Essays in Financial Economics”

Choi, Jin-Young – “Two-Stage Semiparametric Estimators for Limited Dependent Variables and Its Applications"

Dmitriev, Mikhail – "Essays in international macroeconomics"

Alva, Samson – "Essays on matching theory and networks"

Blank, Anna – "Two essays on the long-term consequences of the EITC program"

Buika, Kyle – "Essays in applied microeconomics"

Chan, Stacey – "Unintended policy effects and youth crime"

Chan Ho, Kwok – "Essays on family economics"

Chen, Xiaoping – "A team-production approach to wages, employment and trade"

Dao, Tuan – "Two essays on international asset market and macroeconomic dynamics"

Figurelli, Lucrezio – "Essays on pricing and consumer demand in the retail sector"

Farina, Tatiana – "Essays in consumer behavior"

Giovannini, Massimo – "Essays on credit frictions and incomplete markets"

Hálová, Markéta – "Essays on international asset portfolios and commodities trade"

Kang, Taesu – "Essays in macroeconomics with frictions and uncertainty shocks"

Ko Yu, Chiu – "Theory of menu auction and applications"

Pasha, Farooq – "Essays on business cycles in developing countries"

Raykov, Radoslav – "Essays in applied microeconomic theory"

Skira, Meghan – "Essays on informal care, labor supply, and wages”

Barattieri, Alessandro – "Essays in international economics and macroeconomics"

Blengini, Isabella – "Essays in international economics"

Farina, Tatiana – "Essays in consumer behavior"

Fix, Aaron – "Essays in industrial organization"

Yu Ko, Chiu – "Theory of menu auction and applications"

Skira, Meghan – "Essays on informal care, labor supply, and wages”

Phillips, Shannon – "Essays on HIV, Marriage and Education in Sub Saharan Africa"

Pundit, Madhavi – "Essays on business cycle models"

Cacciatore, Matteo – "The Macroeconomics of International Trade, Regulation, and Labor Markets"

Hirata, Wataru – "Financial Market Imperfections and Aggregate Fluctuations"

Karamcheva, Nadezhda – "Essays on Private Pensions and Workers' Savings Behavior"

Mungan, Murat – "Optimal Procedures in Criminal Law: Five Essays"

Phillips, Shannon – "Essays on HIV, Marriage and Education in Sub Saharan Africa"

Pascali, Luigi – "Essays in Growth, Development and International Trade"

Sanzenbacher, Geoffrey – "Essays in Labor Economics"

Sun, Wei – "Three Essays on the Economic Decisions Faced by Elderly Households"

Dong, Yingying – "Microeconometric Models with Endogeneity -Theoretical and Em- pirical Studies"

Fiori, Giuseppe – "Essays on Investment, Regulation and Labor Market Frictions"

Shevyakhova, Elizaveta – "Two Essays in Economics"

Sim, Nicholas – "Modeling Quantile Dependence"

Sorokina, Olga – "Essays in Credit Constraints and Education"

Strohush, Vitaliy – "Aggregate Shocks, Idiosyncratic Shocks and Global Imbalances"

Tan, Hi Lin "Essays in Network Economics and Game Theory"

Uysal, Pinar – "Essays in Macroeconomics"

Gaul, Lewis – "Essays in Macroeconomics and Finance"

Lostumbo, Nicola – "Essays in Applied Macroeconomics"

Rubio, Margarita – "Housing Markets, Business Cycles and Monetary Policy"

Soto, Mauricio – "The Effects of Pension Funding Rules on the Behavior of Firms"

Yoruk, Baris – "Three Essays on the Economics of Charitable Giving: Implications for Fundraising and Public Policy Towards the Non-profit Sector"

Zhivan, Natalia – "The Employment of Older Workers"

At a Glance

How competitive is this program?

We receive about 400 applications, accept up to 10% and end up with an incoming class of about 15 students. 
Chances for acceptance depend on the quality of the applicant pool for any given year.


How much will it cost?

 Accepted students are offered funding for five years consisting of a stipend and tuition remission.
Continued funding year to year is dependent upon students achieving certain academic benchmarks for each year in the program.
There are no forms to fill out and there is no special aid program for international students.


When can I start?

Students can begin the program only in the fall semester. 


Application Information

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The admissions process works in this way: as the application deadline nears, the Admissions Committee begins to review all applications. Applications are reviewed as in a pool; i.e., decisions are made by taking all the applications for that year and comparing them. Each candidate's application is reviewed in its entirety and only complete applications will be considered.

Deadlines

Regular Decision
January 2

Application Form

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There is a $75 non-refundable required application fee that is used to process your application. You have the option to pay this online before submitting the application form. If you choose to wait to pay the fee, you will have the option to pay the fee through the Portal. Alternatively you may send a $75 non-refundable check or money order, made payable to Trustees of Boston College to the processing center or directly to the Admissions office.

Fee Waiver Form

Academic Background

A strong training in mathematics is essential to be successful in our program; the minimum recommended courses are: three calculus courses, courses in linear and matrix algebra, a course in real analysis, and a “real” statistics course. The committee has found that achieving a score of at least 166 in the quantitative exam in the GRE is beneficial for success in the program (the accepted applicants' average score this year is 166); this is considered of prime importance in the evaluation of applications.

Statement of Purpose

We require a brief (1-2 pages) personal statement in which applicants should discuss their preparation, motivation, and goals for their proposed courses of study. If you have any questions about the statement please contact the department.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required and may be submitted electronically with the application form. Recommendations may also be received in hard copy at the GSAS Admissions office as an alternative.

If you are presently employed, we recommend requesting letters from one or preferably two professors with whom you’ve studied in the past, particularly a math professor. Work experience is given no formal weight in evaluating an applicant’s chance for admission. Recommendation letters from employers tend to be flattering but uninformative. 

Letters on file with university placement offices are acceptable if sent directly by the university and signed by a placement official. Request that the recommendations be mailed with a signature across the envelope flap. If BC receives a recommendation with a broken seal the application may be disqualified. A recommender may prefer to mail his/her recommendation directly to us. If this is the case you should take whatever steps are necessary to verify that the recommendation has been sent to BC.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

For FedEx or UPS shipments, please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education

Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

The GRE is required, general test only; the subject test is not required. Applications without GRE scores will be considered incomplete; decisions for acceptance will not be made without GRE scores. We accept only original score reports for the GRE & TOEFL and IELTS exams; no copies will be accepted. 

GRE scores are only official when submitted directly from ETS. We require scores of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants who have not taken the GREs within the last five years should contact their intended department to see if more recent scores are required. The Graduate School recommends that you register for the GREs early so that the scores will be available when applying. For information regarding test dates, etc., contact:

The Graduate Record Examination
ETS
Princeton, New Jersey
www.ets.org

A strong training in mathematics is essential to be successful in our program; the minimum recommended courses are: three calculus courses, courses in linear and matrix algebra, a course in real analysis, and a “real” statistics course. The committee has found that achieving a score of at least 166 in the quantitative exam in the GRE is beneficial for success in the program (the accepted applicants' average score this year is 166); this is considered of prime importance in the evaluation of applications.

Note: If you have personal score reports available from earlier examinations you may include them with your application, however, you must request ETS to send official score reports to the Graduate School directly: Boston College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Code 3083.

Application Status Check

If you submitted the application form online you should receive an E-mail from BC containing a user name and password to log into the Agora Portal. Through Agora you can check the status of your application by clicking on the Application Status tab. You must choose the correct school to which you applied. If you applied to a number of BC Graduate Schools, you will only receive one E-mail containing the above information.

If you did not receive an E-mail with credentials you can access the Web Application Status Check here. You will be asked to provide your assigned ID number or confirmation number you received from submitting the application form online.

Note: If you are submitting additional application items beyond a department-specified requirement (i.e. official transcripts from more than one institution or an extra letter of recommendation) please contact the GSAS Admissions office to ensure receipt of all items.

International Students

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires students who speak a native language other than English to provide evidence of English proficiency Evidence of English Proficiency through the TOEFL and IELTS. A score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL iBT test or 7.0 or higher on the IELTS test is required. TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid from exams taken a maximum of two years prior to application program deadlines. Remember to enter the Boston College School Code 3083 when taking the TOEFL exam to ensure GSAS receives your score report; If submitting the IELTS score report, please send results to the GSAS Admissions Office or designate GSAS as your score report recipient.

Proof of English proficiency is not required if:

  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean.
  • You earned your prior college or university degree in the U.S. or one of the countries listed above or at an institution whose official language of instruction is English. The language proficiency requirement will be waived from your application upon receipt of an official transcript noting degree conferral from said institution.
  • You are currently enrolled as a full-time student in a U.S. degree-granting program or at an American or English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above or at an institution whose official language of instruction is English and will have completed two academic years of college/university work before beginning your studies at BC. The language proficiency requirement will be waived from your application upon receipt of an official transcript noting two years/4 semesters completed at said institution.


There is a financial consideration involved for international students. Each year there is a specific amount of money which an international student must certify that he/she has to be able to live in this area of the United States; the amounts granted in the awards of assistantships and/or tuition remission do not equal this requirement. Students are required to make up the difference with funds from their own resources. If you are accepted into the program, the visa process cannot be initiated until the financial requirement has been satisfied. The Office of International Students and Scholars (Tel. 617-552-8005; e-mail: bcis@bc.edu) make all decisions on the issuance of visas. Please communicate directly with them concerning visa matters.