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Economics and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Economics and Education

In the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis

Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Program


This program is intended for individuals who want to acquire advanced training in the theory, methods, and practices in the economics of education. It is a selective program to prepare individuals for leadership roles in teaching, research, or administrative settings.

The coursework for this program consists of three parts: core courses, courses in research methods, and courses in a specialized area of study. The available specialized areas include: education and economic development, education and transition to work, educational finance, economic evaluation and cost analysis in education, economics of urban and minority education, economics of educational technology,teachers markets, and others.

This program is tied to the Institute on Education and the Economy, the Center for Benefit Cost Studies, The Center for Chinese Education, and National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.  In addition to other forms of financial assistance, research assistantships are available for doctoral students through the Center and the Institute.

PhD Handbook