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Cropper, Maureen L., Full Member

Associate Chair

Shea, John, Full Member

Graduate Director

Shea, John, Full Member

Distinguished University Professor

Cropper, Maureen L., Full Member

Haltiwanger, John C., Full Member

Prucha, Ingmar R., Full Member


Aruoba, Sadik, Full Member

Ausubel, Lawrence M., Full Member

Cramton, Peter, Full Member

Drazen, Allan, Full Member

Galiani, Sebastian, Full Member

Hellerstein, Judith K., Full Member

Jin, Ginger Zhe, Full Member

Kalemli-Ozcan, Sebnem, Full Member

Kearney, Melissa, Full Member

Kuersteiner, Guido Markus, Full Member

Limao, Nuno, Full Member

Murrell, Peter, Full Member

Ozbay, Erkut Y., Full Member

Sweeting, Andrew, Full Member

Vincent, Daniel R., Full Member

Wallis, John J., Full Member

Associate Professor

Chao, John C., Full Member

Coughlin, Peter J., Full Member

Filiz Ozbay, Emel, Full Member

Kaplan, Ethan, Full Member

Masatlioglu, Yusuf, Full Member

Shea, John, Full Member

Urzua, Sergio, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Goldberg, Jessica, Full Member

Lee, Eunhee, Full Member

Saffie, Felipe, Full Member

Stevens, Lacramioara Luminita, Full Member

Turner, Lesley, Full Member

Faculty Research Associate

Clement, Cynthia, Non-Member

Professor Emerita

Bergmann, Barbara R., Full Member

Dardis, Rachel, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Almon, Clopper, Full Member

Bennett, Robert L., Full Member

Betancourt, Roger R., Full Member

Brechling, Frank P., Full Member

Clague, Christopher K., Full Member

Harris, Curtis C., Jr., Full Member

Hulten, Charles R., Full Member

Kelejian, Harry H., Full Member

McGuire, Martin C., Full Member

Polakoff, Murray E., Full Member

Schwab, Robert M., Full Member

Wonnacott, Paul, Full Member

Associate Professor Emeritus

Meyer, Paul A., Full Member

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Economics (ECON)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Economics Program offers graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. During the course of study toward the Ph.D., doctoral students also have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Arts degree. Areas of specialization include: Advanced Macroeconomics, Advanced Microeconomics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Comparative Institutional Economics, Econometrics, Economic Development, Economic History, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Industrial Organization, International Finance and Macroeconomics, International Trade, Labor Economics, Political Economy, and Public Economics.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcript(s): Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school or secondary school whether or not a degree was received.  Fall term transcripts need to be included for anyone still attending an institution.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Program-Specific Requirements:

By the application deadline, applicants should have completed advanced undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. Applicants are also expected to have completed the equivalent of three semesters of calculus, a semester of linear algebra, and a semester of differential equations. The majority of admitted students have also completed course work in real analysis or other upper-level mathematics. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude test is required. Submitted GRE scores must be valid through January 5, 2018. All of the Department’s graduate students are full-time students.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
5 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
5 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Our department offers admission only to students interested in earning a Ph.D. Our program is not designed for students who are interested only in a Master's degree. However, our Ph.D. students may obtain an M.A. degree during their program, either as a terminal degree for students leaving the Ph.D. program, or as an intermediate sign of achievement for students who are continuing in the Ph.D. program. For students who are interested in applied economics, but are not pursuing a Ph.D., the University of Maryland offers a professional masters in applied economics. This program is designed for working professionals; it is not appropriate for a Ph.D. in economics. Contact or visit for more information


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits, including 12 credits of ECON 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.

Course requirements are as follows:

ECON 623: Econometrics I (3 redits)

ECON 624: Econometrics II (3 credits)

Two of the following workshops, each in a different semester:

ECON 808: Workshop on Macroeconomics and Growth (2 credits)

ECON 828: Workshop in Econometrics (2 credits)

ECON 848: Workshop in International Development, and Comparative Economics (2 credits)

ECON 868: Workshop in Industrial Organization (2 credits)

ECON 878: Workshop in Labor Economics (2 credits)

Remaining coursework:

• Three courses in a major field and two courses in a minor field (average grade of B+ or better)

• A supporting course at the 600-level or above (grade of B- or better)


The Department of Economics at the University of Maryland prepares graduate students for careers in teaching, research, and government service. The course of study provides a solid foundation in economic theory, econometrics and applied fields. The Ph.D. program requires: (1) written examinations in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, taken during the summer after the first year of study, (2) completion of a three-course sequence and a written examination or field paper in a major field, (3) completion of a two-course sequence in a minor field, (3) completion of an econometrics sequence, (4) an additional supporting course in a theoretical or applied field, and (5) a dissertation. In the third year, students begin directed research by participating in workshops appropriate to their dissertation research.


Financial Assistance

Many students entering our graduate program receive financial aid. Some students receive graduate assistantships, requiring about 15 hours of teaching or research service per week. Graduate assistantships provide a stipend and a very attractive package of fringe benefits that include medical insurance and full tuition remission. Other students receive first-year fellowships. These fellowships also include a stipend, medical insurance and tuition remission, but do not require students to work as a teaching or research assistant. In most cases, fellowships convert to assistantships beginning in the second year. Students who enter our program with financial aid are guaranteed financial aid for two years in all cases, and for five years conditional on satisfactory progress in the program.

Contact Statement

For more informaton on our program, please go to our website at



Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Economics

3114E Tydings Hall

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-3544

Fax: (301) 405-3542


Associated Information




Advances Macroeconomics; Advanced Microeconomics; Behavioral and Experimental Economics; Comparative Institutional Economics; Econometrics; Economic Development; Economic History; Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Industrial Organization; International Finance and Macroeconomics; International Trade; Labor Economics; Political Economy; Public Economics