Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.; Ph.D.


Areas of Concentration
  • Economic Education
  • Econometrics
  • Feminist Economics
  • International Trade and Development
  • Labor Economics
  • Public and Urban Economics
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Contacts for Economics

On the Web


Graduate Chair

Dr. Matthew Cushing


Graduate Secretary

Sara Simonsen


Campus Address

340 CBA

Lincoln NE 68588-0489

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Economics in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental 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
Fall: March 1 Spring: October 31


At Nebraska, economists begin with solid technical training in economic theory and quantitative methods and progress to applications of those tools in selected fields.

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.

Courses and More

Students in Economics are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Sam Allgood
Welfare Costs of Taxation; Determinants of CEO Turnover; Economics of Education
John Anderson
Tax Policy; Urban Land Development; Housing Economics; Fiscal Reform; Transition Economics
Matthew Cushing
Macroeconomics Time-Series
Jennifer A. Davidson
Economic Education; Economics
Richard Edwards
History, Demography, and Natural Resources of the Great Plains
Scott M. Fuess, Jr
Labor Economics; Macroeconomics; Econometrics
F. Gregory Hayden
Public Policy; Social Fabric Matrix; Ecological Economics; Agriculture Policy; Educational Finance
Jin Yeub Kim
Game Theory; Mechanism Design; Microeconomic Theory; Political Economy, Economics
Craig MacPhee
Emerging Markets and Transition Economies; Import Tariffs and Tax Policies; International Trade & Finance
Ann Mari May
Women and Education; Feminist Economics; Political Business Cycles; Post-War Macroeconomic Policy
Mary McGarvey
Applied Econometrics; Health Economics; Welfare Policy
David Rosenbaum
Forensic Economics; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Applied Microeconomics
James Schmidt
Econometrics; Business Statistics
Eric Thompson
Regional Economics; Local and State Economic Development; Economic Forecasting
William Walstad
Teaching and Learning of Economics; Attitudes and Opinions on Economic Issues; Testing of Economic Knowledge

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