What's needed for graduate study?
Students who consider graduate study in economics might seek MAs or PhDs in economics. Students need not major in economics as undergraduates to pursue graduate study. Preparation in mathematics, however, is increasingly important with completion of courses in calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and real analysis usually expected before enrollment. The AEA offers more information about graduate study in economics.
MA programs in economics
Here is a commercial website with links to graduate programs in economics, including masters programs.
Applied economics programs
PhD programs in applied economics are sometimes found in colleges of agriculture or schools of business and give more attention to specific policy areas.
PhD programs in economics
- Stuart J. Hillmon, Getting a PhD in Economics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) considers the decision to pursue a PhD program and the process for application with tips for success at each stage. PhD programs train students for professional careers in economics. Significant work in mathematics is essential for admission and for ultimate success. Although success at research is a central to career outcomes, many professional economists find careers with significant roles as teachers, consultants, and policy analysts.
- AEA list of PhD programs in the US
Webpages with advice on preparing for graduate study
- Professor Susan Athey at Harvard discusses the process of applying to PhD programs in economics.
- Williams College recommends completing an undergraduate thesis as a way to develop skills in pursuing an original investigation in economics.
- Professor Mark Foley at Davidson College gives good information about graduate study in economics.
Students who are interested in graduate study may be interested in the opportunities offered undergraduates to participate in workshops, present their essays at professional meetings, and to publish their essays in peer-reviewed journals.
This Educations.com website provides links to international programs.