The Ph.D. in Economics provides students with the opportunity to combine advanced training in the field with teaching and applied research. Graduates of the program may possess the skills necessary for successful careers as university professors, research economists, consultants for private businesses, and advisors to the government. Department faculty and staff provide resources and support needed to ensure the placement of doctoral students after four years of study. The department’s attention to job market preparation has led to an excellent record of placing its graduates in tenure-track positions at well-known public universities and colleges. Students who opt for non-academic employment have accepted research positions at branches of the Federal government, FedEx, Regional Economic Models Inc., and various Tennessee state government organizations.