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  • Economics

  • Contact:
  • 110 Marshall-Adams Hall
    Department of Economics
    Michigan State University (MSU)
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    United States
    Phone: 517-355-7583

  • Degrees Granted:
  • Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus
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  • Description:
  • Graduate Program

    Economics at MSU

    Thank you for your interest in the graduate programs in our department. You will find information on our programs and on living and studying at MSU here. If you are interested in applying for admissions into our program, please review this information and also consult information from the University Graduate School on the application procedure and financial aid.

    Graduate Study in Economics
    Frequently Asked Questions (regarding applying for our graduate program)
    Outline of the Ph.D. Program
    The First Year Courses
    Fields of Specialization
    Job Placement
    The Masters Program
    Living and Working at MSU
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    Graduate Studies in Economics

    The Economics Department at Michigan State University has an excellent reputation and a long tradition as a training ground for professional economists. In a recent study of graduate education in economics conducted by the National Research Council, the effectiveness of MSU's Economics Doctoral program was ranked 25th in the nation. The faculty, with more than 40 full-time members, includes numerous nationally and internationally known scholars covering a broad range of interests. The graduate program is relatively small, with usually no more than 20 new Ph.D. students entering each year.

    When choosing a graduate school, a student should look for four things:
    1. A good education in economic theory and in the student's areas of interest
    2. Good job placement
    3. A good atmosphere in which to learn and develop
    4. A good prospect of receiving financial assistance

  • Admission Information:
  • The main requirements for the doctoral degree in economics at Michigan State University include:

    1. A comprehensive examinations in Economics and Economic Methods.
    2. A comprehensive examination in a field of specialization.
    3. Competence in mathematical methods and statistics and at least two courses in econometrics.
    4. A course in history of thought or economic history.
    5. A substantial research paper completed by the end of the student's third year.
    6. A public defense of a dissertation proposal.
    7. The doctoral dissertation.

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