Graduate Programs

Why UW Economics?

Our program has a long-standing reputation in applied microeconomics, particularly in the areas of environmental and natural resource economics, industrial organization, and trade and development economics.

Our program is small by design, allowing students the opportunity to work closely with highly respected faculty. We emphasize that all students develop a solid foundation in quantitative methods and economic theory. This foundation is then built upon as students work with faculty to investigate challenging economic and financial issues that matter locally and around the globe. During the research process, we stress critical thinking and clear communication of the relevant issues.

This approach works. Students regularly publish research from their collaborations with faculty members (see list). For example, a current PhD student recently collaborated with faculty on a study that appeared in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see story).

Our program’s success is defined by our graduates’ success, which was recently documented by a December 2021 ranking. IDEAS ranked the UW Economics program among the top 1% globally based on the record of graduates. We ranked 13th in the U.S. and 66th internationally.

Hear from a past PhD student

Hear about current student research


Graduate Degree Programs


Additional Information

For questions regarding our graduate programs, please email Todd Cherry (, the graduate director. You may also find the following links to be useful:

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Courses

Graduate Student Resources

Student Handbook

PhD Students

Master's Students


Contact Us

Department of Economics

College of Business Department 3985

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3124

Fax: 307-766-4028


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