PhD Placement

“I am immensely thankful to MA program faculty and staff, who walked me through a new academic field with great understanding and hand-holding. This program helped me achieve my long-cherished dream of learning Economics- and I must say this was one of the best learning experiences though the learning curve was steep. It is holding me in great benefit at Harvard where the skills I acquired at UT Austin keep me in constant advantage in all the courses I am taking in my doctoral program.”

—Mrinalini Darswal, Class of 2020

* indicates M.A. program alumni who applied to PhD programs within two years after leaving our program. (We continue to advise students even after their M.A. graduation.)

Cohort Starting PhDs in 2024:

21 students applied, 20 placed
Econ PhD Programs: UC-Berkeley* (ARE), Michigan, Duke*, Boston University, UT-Austin*, Rochester, Washington University of St. Louis, UC Santa Barbara, Texas A&M University (2), Arizona State, UC Santa Cruz, Florida, UC Riverside, Southern Methodist University, Georgia State*, SUNY-Binghamton
Other Graduate Programs: University of Washington (Finance), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Accounting), Notre Dame (Law)

Cohort Starting PhDs in 2023:

11 students applied, 11 placed
Econ PhD Programs: UC-Berkeley, Cornell, NYU*, Duke, Syracuse, UC-Riverside, UT-Dallas, Kansas
Other Graduate Programs: Maryland (ARE), UT-Austin-McCombs (Marketing), Washington University in St. Louis* (Finance)

Cohort Starting PhDs in 2022:

20 students applied, 18 placed
Econ PhD Programs: UC-Berkeley ARE, UT-Austin, Maryland (2), Michigan State U* (2), Pittsburgh, Washington, Georgia State, UC Riverside (2), Florida State, Singapore Management U, Shanghai Jiao Tong, American University, Texas A&M Ag Econ
Other Graduate Programs: MIT-Sloan* (Finance), UBC Sauder* (Finance)

Cohort Starting PhDs in 2021:

29 students applied, 24 placed
Econ PhD Programs: UC-Berkeley*, Minnesota*, NYU-Stern, Maryland, UT-Austin (3), UT-Austin* (2), Washington University-St. Louis (Business Econ), Indiana, Indiana-Kelley (Business Econ and Public Policy), Texas A&M, Georgetown, Syracuse, Emory, Stony Brook, U of New Mexico*, Oregon State (Applied Econ), and Calgary
Other Graduate Programs: UC-Berkeley (Accounting), UNC-Chapel Hill* (Public Policy), U of Illinois Chicago (Public Policy), Iowa (Marketing)

Cohort Starting PhDs in 2020:

15 students applied, all 15 placed
Econ PhD Programs: Columbia*, UT-Austin (3), UC-Davis* (ARE), Virginia, Texas A&M* (Ag Econ), Georgia State (2), GWU, Syracuse, and Missouri
Other Graduate Programs: Harvard’s Chan School (Public Health), Chicago Harris School (Public Policy), Rutgers (Accounting-MIS)

Cohort Starting PhDs in 2019:

24 applied, 20 placed.
Econ PhD Programs: Univ of British Columbia, UT-Austin (3), Ohio State, UNC-Chapel Hill (2), UC-Santa Barbara*, Arizona*, Texas A&M, Western Ontario, UC-Irvine, Rutgers, Purdue, Purdue (Ag Econ), and UC-Riverside
Other Graduate Programs: Stanford* (Accounting), Harvard (Health Policy), HKUST (Finance), and Connecticut (Statistics)

Cohort Starting PhDs in 2018:

22 applied, 18 placed.
Econ PhD Programs:  Boston University, UT-Austin, Michigan State, Ohio State, UC-Davis, Virginia, UC-Santa Barbara, Texas A&M (Ag Econ), UC-Irvine, Syracuse, Colorado (2), CUNY, and U Houston
Other Graduate Programs: Vanderbilt (Law and Economics, 2), Rutgers (Accounting), Utah (Accounting)

Full list of programs since 2014

Economics unless otherwise noted.

  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Duke University (Sociology)
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia State University
  • Harvard University (Health Policy)
  • Harvard University (Kennedy School)
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Finance)
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kansas
  • Maryland (ARE)
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan State University (AgEcon)
  • Nanyang Tech (Finance)
  • National University of Singapore
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • Purdue University (AgEcon)
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University
  • Rutgers University (Accounting Information Systems)
  • Stanford University (Accounting)
  • SUNY-Binghamton
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M University (AgEcon)
  • UC-Berkeley
  • UC-Berkeley (Accounting)
  • UC-Davis
  • UC-Irvine
  • UCLA
  • UCLA (Marketing)
  • UC-Riverside
  • UC-Santa Barbara
  • University of Arizona
  • University of British Columbia (Sauder, Strategy/Business Econ)
  • University of Chicago (Harris School of Public Policy)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Connecticut (Statistics)
  • University of Houston
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maryland (AgEcon)
  • University of Missouri
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of North Carolina (Public Policy)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton, Health Care Mgmt)
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at Austin (McCombs, Marketing)
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of Utah (Eccles, Accounting)
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Wyoming (Marketing)
  • Uppsala University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vanderbilt University (Law and Economics)