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The Ph.D. program has approximately 120 students in residence and an average entering class of 25 each year.

The department does not admit students for a terminal MA degree, but an MA is available to Economics Ph.D. students who have successfully completed the first year of the doctoral program, and to students enrolled in other doctoral programs at Northwestern. 

For prospective students

Located on a scenic lakefront campus in Evanston, just 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, Northwestern University offers the best features of small-town and large-city living. There is easy access by public transportation to the cultural, sporting and recreational opportunities in one of the world's greatest cities.

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For alumni

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