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The graduate programs in economics are organized under the Graduate School, in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

The most distinctive feature of the graduate programs in economics is an emphasis on applied economics, coupled with attention to providing a solid grounding in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, and econometrics. Students come from all over the world, and the curriculum is designed with this in mind, striving for balance in coverage of economies that are rich and poor, large and small, mixed and market. This gives a unique flavor to the course of study, making it well-suited to the analysis of the emerging global economy of the twenty-first century.  Our graduate program is also STEM certified covering a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. (The IPEDS classification:  Detail for CIP Code 45.0603    Title: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics)


The PlusOne Accelerated Master’s Program offers an opportunity for the best of Northeastern’s undergraduate economics majors to complete both the undergraduate degree program (BS or BA) and the professional program (MA) in economics in less time than if the programs were completed sequentially.

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The Master of Science Program (STEM Certified) is a unique, practice-oriented degree program, combining analytical tools with policy applications. For qualified students, we offer the opportunity to apply for paid 6 month work positions (Co-op) as part of their academic program. The program is large enough to support a full slate of core and elective courses each year, yet small enough to maintain a sense of community among the students.

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The Ph.D. Program in Applied Economics (STEM Certified) is small and focused, offering specialization in industrial organization, competition policy, and regulatory economics; and labor economics. These fields serve to prepare students to both teach at the college level and work in business, consulting and government positions.

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James Dana, Jr., Professor and PhD Graduate Program Director
306 Lake Hall

Jun Ma, Associate Professor and MA Graduate Program Director
324 Lake Hall

Jacquaetta Hester, Graduate Administration Coordinator
301 Lake Hall

Please direct email inquiries to j.hester@northeastern.edu

Application Deadlines

The deadline for PhD program applications was January 4, 2019.  Decisions are typically made with 1-2 weeks, so applications need to be complete by the deadline, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and GRE scores.

For Master’s program applicants, the deadline to apply for fall admission with financial aid is February 1 . Master’s applicants choosing to apply after the aid deadline can apply until June 15 (for international students) or August 1 (for domestic students).

For more information about the application process, visit CSSH Graduate Admissions.

Additional Information and Guides

Graduate Resource Guide 2019-2020, NU Department of Economics

PhD Program Guidelines

A Guide to the Preparation and Submission of Theses and Dissertations

For more information on STEM protocols and processes please go to the following Office of Global Services Link: https://www.northeastern.edu/ogs/24-month-stem-extension/#1489765122142-bfb772f0-8897

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