A focus on policy research

Earn both an MA and a PhD in economics

We’ve designed this program for those who do not already hold a master’s of economics degree. Graduates of the MA/PhD in Economics program work in a broad range of fields including forecasting, policy analysis and evaluation, risk analysis, and economic analysis.  These fields are in high demand by a wide variety of organizations including research institutes, medical centers, financial institutions,  governmental agencies, and academic departments that focus on public policy and applied microeconomics.

Our innovative program provides our students with the advanced theoretical, quantitative, and statistical skills that are required to perform and interpret economic analyses in a wide range of policy-oriented areas including education, environmental, health, labor, public economics, and technology and innovation.

Close Collaboration with Faculty

Our MA/PhD students work under the guidance of faculty who conduct nationally and internationally recognized research that promotes economic understanding, policy improvements, and economic development.

Classes at both the master’s and doctoral level are small, and students benefit from direct and frequent interactions with faculty.  Students begin working in applied research early in their programs and are encouraged to work with faculty to identify policy problems they want to investigate through their dissertations.  They frequently work with faculty on grant-funded research, and co-author papers with faculty for presentation at regional and national professional meetings.


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Full- and part-time options available

We offer full-time and part-time options for completing the MA/PhD in economics program.  For those who wish to pursue the program full-time, this program can be completed in as little as five years. For those who would rather pursue the program part-time, we will sit down and work out a plan of study that fits the needs and desires of the student. The time to complete the MA/PhD degree part-time will depend on the specifics of that plan of study, but a common plan results in completion in six or seven years.

Currently, the MA/PhD program is only delivered during the day and face-to-face; we do not offer evening or online courses.

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