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Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Economics
Duke University
Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1891

General Information

Degree offered:
A.M., Ph.D., JD/MA (Note: Applicants interested in the JD/MA will make application to the Law School rather than to the Graduate School.)
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
90% of Ph.D. students, limited tuition waivers granted to A.M. students
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General. GMAT not acceptable.
Application Deadlines

Program Description

Areas of specialization include: microeconomics; macroeconomics; econometrics; economic development; environmental economics; health economics; international economics; public finance; industrial organization; history of economic thought; labor economics; and financial economics. Most graduate classes are sufficiently small so that each student gets individual faculty attention. Very active workshops are available for students to work with their major professors on development of their research projects. The holdings of the main library are extensive. The computing facilities extend access to all types of equipment, including workstations, laptops available for check-out, and personal computers with virtually all econometric software packages currently marketed available for graduate student use. There are many opportunities for interaction with related disciplines, including environmental economics in conjunction with the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, finance and regulation through the Fuqua School of Business, law and economics through the School of Law, public policy through the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and statistics through the Statistical Sciences. Additional opportunities are available with scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and the Research Triangle Institute, including the monthly Triangle Econometrics Seminar.

Department Requirements for Master's Program Applicants ONLY

In addition to Graduate School requirements, the Department of Economics REQUIRES that a supplemental questionnaire be completed. The questionnaire is located in the Departmental Requirements section of the application.

Writing Sample Requirement

  • Writing sample recommended (not required) for MA and PhD, upload to the Departmental Requirements section of the online application.


Spring Application