Ph.D. in Business and Economics

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The Ph.D. program is a balanced approach to both research and teaching.

Program Overview

  • Full-time, On Campus
  • Various Fields of Specialization
  • STEM-Designated
  • 5-Year Degree Completion
  • Next Intake: Fall 2026 (app opens in Fall 2025)

Lehigh's Ph.D. in Business and Economics is a full-time program in economics offering fields of specialization in health economics, applied econometrics, empirical macroeconomics, and labor economics.

Focusing on the applications of economic theory and econometrics, the training of our program prepares students for careers in academia, research institutions, private industries, and government agencies. We have placed our recent graduates in tenure-track positions at research and teaching institutes, post-doctoral positions at top research universities, and consultant and analyst positions in healthcare and financial sectors.


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Virtual 'Meet & Greet' with Ph.D. Alumni and Faculty

In this video the faculty explain their backgrounds and the courses they teach, as well as the program structure, while the alumni touch on why they chose Lehigh and where they are now in their careers.

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Additional Information

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Student Journal Publication Award

The College of Business issues a journal publication award to students who have published in a highly ranked journal in economics or business during their time in the program.

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The 2024 Application is Closed

The application process is currently closed, but you can save your progress and submit it once the application re-opens in Fall 2025.