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The Department of Economics seeks applicants prepared to develop the requisite skills to perform rigorous research, regardless of undergraduate major. The graduate program offers specializations in economic history and economics evolution, econometrics, environmental economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, public economics and urban economics under the supervision of nationally recognized scholars on its faculty.

The program has recently been ranked 10th and 19th amongst all PhD-granting institutions in the United States in the fields of agricultural and natural resource economics, and economic history, respectively. Recipients of master's and doctoral degrees pursue a wide variety of careers in higher education, economic forecasting, research and policy analysis.

The program has a strong placement rate with graduates now employed in industry and at strong research institutions such as Price Water House Cooper, Finanzas y Technologia, Morgan Stanley, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Temple University, Virginia Tech and University of West Indies at Mona, to name a few.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • MA in Economics
  • PhD in Economics

Related Programs

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MA Rolling admission. Review begins
February 1 and ends May 15
PhD February 1 n/a

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for any program-specific requirements.

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Bong Joon Yoon, Professor and co-Director of Graduate Admissions

Wei Xiao, Associate Professor and co-Director of Graduate Admissions

Joanne Ardune, Assistant to the Chair

Patricia Sweet, Department Secretary

Department of Economics website

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Last Updated: 2/10/15