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Department of Economics

Graduate Studies

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Economics, M.A.


Built around the department's research strengths in labor economics, public economics, international trade and urban/regional economics, the M.A. program trains students in the rigorous application of theory to policy-oriented settings.

Economics, Ph.D.


A research-oriented degree, the Ph.D. program is designed for those looking to work on applied economics in academia, government agencies, independent research organizations or research-oriented businesses. Many students complete the program having authored publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Explore Your Research Interests

With a low graduate student-to-faculty ratio and a small entering Ph.D. class, students will be immersed in a research culture of close collaboration.

Aerial view of Maxwell and Eggers Halls

Graduate students conduct meaningful research in Maxwell's 11 research centers, including:

  • Aging Studies Institute
  • Autonomous Systems Policy Institute
  • Campbell Public Affairs Institute
  • Center for Environmental Policy and Administration
  • Center for Policy Research
  • Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media
  • Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
  • Maxwell X Lab
  • Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
  • PARCC (Conflict and Collaboration)
  • Institute for Security Policy and Law

Interested in hiring Ph.D. or Master's candidates?

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes

I am Maxwell.

I strive to genuinely support and mentor graduate students in all domains of their professional formation and career regardless of whether the students are working in my area of expertise, my department, or even my university.”

Professor of Economics Alfonso Flores-Lagunes

Recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Award; President-Elect of the American Society of Hispanic Economists

Visit his faculty profile for more on his teaching and research

Economics Department
110 Eggers Hall