Graduate Programs

We offer three graduate programs in Economics:

  • Master of Arts
    • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Program
  • PhD
  • Joint JD / MA program

People interested in Economics may also wish to pursue a Master of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations. The MAELR (Master of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations) Program is sponsored jointly by the Departments of Economics, Management, and Psychology. It offers professional preparation for a career in industrial relations with a focus on the structure and process of collective bargaining. For more information consult the programs's website

To accommodate people with full-time jobs, the Department schedules many of its Master’s level and some Ph.D. courses in the evening.

Master of Arts (MA) Program

Program Director:  Dr. Michael H. Belzer

The Master’s program, begun in 1934, seeks to prepare students for careers in industry, government, and junior college teaching. . The following fields are currently offered within the M.A. program.

  • Health Economics
  • Labor and Human Resources
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Economics

For further information click here.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Program

The department participates in a special program to train graduate students from the Universities of Nuremberg and Augsburg in Germany. Under a program known as the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), high-quality students normally spend one year receiving intensive training in the M.A. program.

For more information contact our Director of Graduate Programs: Dr. Allen C. Goodman

Ph.D. Program

Director of Graduate Studies & Director of the Ph.D. Program: Dr. Allen C. Goodman

The Ph.D. curriculum provides thorough training for future economists through graduate courses, seminars, tutorial instruction, and research workshops. It is designed to give students a solid foundation in economic theory and quantitative methods and a wide choice of specializations in preparation for careers in universities, research organizations, industry, and financial institutions. Over 190 students have received doctorates in economics since the inception of the Ph.D. program in 1960.

 The following fields are currently offered both within the M.A. and the Ph.D. sequences:

  • Health Economics
  • Labor and Human Resources
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Economics
  • Applied Macroeconomics

For further information click here.

Joint JD / MA Program

We offer a Joint JD/MA program for a J.D. in Law and an M.A. in Economics. Since the end of World War II there has been an enormous increase in the use of economic analysis and statistics in the study and practice of law. The new program is designed to provide lawyers with a rigorous foundation in economics and econometrics, to enable them to use the methods of the social sciences in the analysis of legal controversies.

Students in this program must be admitted to both the Law School and the Department of Economics and must complete all requirements for the Economics M.A. degree and all requirements for the J.D. degree. After admission to the Law School, the student must complete the first year of the J.D. program before electing additional economics courses.

For further information contact the Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Allen C. Goodman


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