Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA or PhD in Economics
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.Areas of Concentration
- Economic Education
- Feminist Economics
- International Trade and Development
- Labor Economics
- Public and Urban Economics
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Economics
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Statement of purpose
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Economics
- March 1 for Fall. October 31 for Spring.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The Master of Arts degree in Economics is designed to prepare students for a Ph.D. program either at UNL or other institutions. MA students are expected to take the Ph.D. level core theory sequence. If MA students are subsequently admitted to the Ph.D. program at UNL, coursework and examinations taken in the MA program transfer directly to the Ph.D. Students interested in a terminal degree focusing on applied economics are encouraged to consider the MA program offered through Agricultural Economics.
The Ph.D. is a scholarly degree, preparing students to make significant contributions advancing the discipline and communicating those advances in the form of publication and teaching. Graduates are employed in college and university teaching positions as well as in research and consulting for business and government. Admission requirements include strong academic achievement and training in economics, mathematics, and statistics. See our website for specific admission requirements.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Welfare Costs of Taxation; Determinants of CEO Turnover; Economics of Education
Tax Policy; Urban Land Development; Housing Economics; Fiscal Reform; Transition Economics
Economic Education; Economics
History, Demography, and Natural Resources of the Great Plains
Labor Economics; Macroeconomics; Econometrics
Public Policy; Social Fabric Matrix; Ecological Economics; Agriculture Policy; Educational Finance
Game Theory; Mechanism Design; Microeconomic Theory; Political Economy, Economics
Emerging Markets and Transition Economies; Import Tariffs and Tax Policies; International Trade & FinanceEmeritus
Women and Education; Feminist Economics; Political Business Cycles; Post-War Macroeconomic Policy
Applied Econometrics; Health Economics; Welfare Policy
Forensic Economics; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Applied Microeconomics
Econometrics; Business Statistics
Regional Economics; Local and State Economic Development; Economic Forecasting
Teaching and Learning of Economics; Attitudes and Opinions on Economic Issues; Testing of Economic Knowledge