Top Economics Masters Programs in the U.S.

A master's degree program in economics teaches students concepts in financial economics, macroeconomics and economic analysis. Economics master's degree programs are often offered in conjunction with Ph.D. programs. Nationally ranked schools for economics include the University of Chicago, which offers an economics master's degree program for Ph.D. students, and New York University, which offers a stand-alone master's degree program.

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Top Schools with Economics Master's Degree Programs

1. University of Chicago in Illinois

The University of Chicago was tied for the best economics graduate program in 2010, according to U.S. News and World Report. Also in 2010, the Princeton Review named the University of Chicago a 'Best Midwestern College' and a 'Best Value College' among private schools. Students admitted into the economics Ph.D. program can obtain a master's degree by meeting basic course requirements. Courses are offered in price theory, quantitative methods, economic research and analysis, mathematical economics and economic history. Although the Ph.D. program is completed after five years of study, the master's degree may be obtained after nine courses.

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  • Address: 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone Number: (773) 702-1234

2. New York University in New York City

Located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village neighborhood, New York University (NYU) is the country's largest private university. The school's economics graduate program was ranked the 12th-best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2010. NYU comprises 14 schools, including the College of Arts and Science, which contains the Department of Economics.

Students in the department can pursue a Master of Arts in Economics, a degree program that requires five core classes, five electives and a comprehensive economics research paper. Students take courses in applied microeconomics, international finance and economic development. Though students have a 5-year time frame to complete the program, the degree can be obtained within three semesters of study.

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  • Address: 70 Washington Square S., New York, NY 10012
  • Phone Number: (212) 998-1212

List of 20 Good Schools with Economics Master's Degree Programs in the U.S.

College/University Name Student population Address Phone Number
The University of Texas at Austin 49,984 Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-3434
New York University 42,189 70 Washington Square S., New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-1212
University of Wisconsin - Madison 41,620 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (608) 262-1234
Purdue University 41,433 Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,028 Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of California - Los Angeles 38,220 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310) 825-4321
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 28,567 103 South Bldg. 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (919) 962-2211
Harvard University 26,496 Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-1000
Columbia University 23,196 116 St. and Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (212) 854-1754
Cornell University 20,273 Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-2000
Johns Hopkins University 19,758 3400 N. Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218 (410) 516-8000
Syracuse University 19,366 Syracuse, NY 13244 (315) 443-1870
Northwestern University 19,291 633 Clark St., Evanston, IL 60208 (312) 491-3741
University of Chicago 14,788 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 702-1234
Duke University 14,060 103 Allen Bldg., Durham, NC 27708 (919) 684-2813
Vanderbilt University 12,093 2101 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240 (615) 322-7311
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 10,299 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 253-1000
Yale University 10,192 New Haven, CT 06520 (203) 432-1333
Brown University 8,318 Prospect St., Providence, RI 02912 (401) 863-1000
Princeton University 7,330 Princeton, NJ 08544 (609) 258-3000
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