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Program Offered: M.S.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in economics intends to provide students with a deep understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations of economics and the quantitative tools required for research careers in the field.

The program offers a course-based track and a research-based track.

The course-based track, which typically takes one year to complete, consists of eight courses and does not include a thesis. The two-year, research-based track comprises ten courses plus a thesis (for an additional two credits) that enables students to do cutting-edge research on a relevant policy issue. Both tracks lead to the M.S.

Students in each track are required to complete courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistics--econometrics, as well as a series of electives. Students may take two of the required electives at the Tufts Fletcher School, Boston College, or at Boston and Brandeis universities.

The department also offers a joint graduate degree with the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. This program is aimed at students interested in exploring the linkages between economics and public policy and planning.

Applications are accepted for the fall semester, and applicants should indicate which track they prefer. Acceptance into the research-based track for the second year is subject to standards of academic performance met during the first academic year.

Graduates of the program typically pursue research careers in business or government. A significant number of graduates also go on for advanced degrees in economics or related disciplines such as finance, accounting, and management.

Economics: Faculty

Randall Akee
Ph.D., Harvard University
Economic development, labor

Jenny Aker (by courtesy of The Fletcher School)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Development economics, agricultural policy analysis, applied econometrics, food market and policy analysis

Marcelo Bianconi
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign
Macroeconomics, financial economics, international economics

Drusilla Brown
Ph.D., University of Michigan
International trade theory and policy

Ujjayant Chakravorty
Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa
Resource and environmental economics

Arthur Chiang
Ph.D., Stanford University
Macroeconomics, microeconomic theory, growth and development theory

David Dapice
Ph.D., Harvard University
Economic development, macroeconomics, public finance

Thomas Downes
Ph.D., Stanford University
Public finance

David Garman
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Applied econometrics, economics of education

Yannis Ioannides
Ph.D., Stanford University
Macroeconomics, economic geography, social interactions

Kelsey Jack
Ph.D., Harvard University
Environmental economics

Michael Klein (by courtesy of The Fletcher School)
Ph.D., Columbia University
International finance and international macroeconomics

Edward Kutsoati
Ph.D., Queen's University
Money and financial markets, applied microeconomics

Margaret McMillan
Ph.D., Columbia University
Development economics

Gilbert Metcalf
Ph.D., Harvard University
Public finance, applied microeconomics

George Norman
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Industrial organization, spatial economics, microeconomics

Mũthoni Ngatia
Ph.D., Yale University
Development economics

Sahar Parsa
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Macroeconomics, finance

Lynne Pepall, Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Industrial organization, microeconomics

Daniel Richards
Ph.D., Yale University
Industrial organization, macroeconomics

Emilia Simeonova
Ph.D., Columbia University
Applied microeconomics

Enrico Spolaore, Chair
Ph.D., Harvard University
Political economy, economic growth and development, international economics

Adam Storeygard
Ph.D., Brown University
Growth and development, urban economics

Heiwai Tang
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
International finance, trade

Rodrigo Wagner
Ph.D., Harvard University
International economics, political economy

Jeffrey Zabel, Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Econometrics, urban, environmental and education economics

Economics: Advisory Board

David Autor, A89
Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jeff Fuhrer
Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Richard Henken, A80, G81
President, Schochet Associates, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

Andreu Mas-Colell
Secretary General, European Research Council, Brussels, Belgium; Professor of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Chairman, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Beatrice Lorge Rogers
Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Joanna Stavins, G87
Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

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