About the Graduate Programs

The department offers both a Ph.D. degree and two different Masters degrees – a Master of Arts (MA) in Economics and a Master of Science (MS) in Quantitative Economics (MSQE).

The MA program is a 30-credit program that consists of advanced coursework in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematical Economics, and Econometrics, plus five additional electives that are chosen based on the student’s interests.  The program includes both thesis (Plan A) and non-thesis (Plan B) options.  (This program is undergoing revision and not accepting applications for Fall 2017.)

The MSQE program is designed as a professional degree program that combines graduate level training in economics with strong training in quantitative and data analytical methods. It is a three semester (30-credit) program that qualifies as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree due to its quantitative course requirements.

The Ph.D. program is designed for students seeking training in economic research using advanced economic theory and methods.  The program consists of PhD-level coursework plus dissertation research.  It typically takes an average of five years to complete.

Currently, about 70 students are enrolled in Economics Graduate Programs. About 30% of our students are women, 70% are international students, and over 80% of PhD students receive financial aid. We feel that the diversity of our students is important, and adds to the overall strength of our program.


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