Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

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
  • Econometrics
  • Feminist Economics
  • International Trade and Development
  • Labor Economics
  • Public and Urban Economics

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Matthew Cushing

Administrative Coordinator
Kellie Reynolds

Campus Address
340 CBA
Lincoln NE 68588-0489

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Economics

  • 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Economics
  • Ph.D. in Economics: January 1 for Fall.
  • All Others: March 1 for Fall. October 31 for Spring.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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 Nebraska or at 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

Faculty and research

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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

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

Tammie Fischer

Economics; Economic Education; Economics of Education; Curriculum and Instruction

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 & FinanceEmeritus

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

Daniel Tannenbaum

Labor, Public, Experimental Economics

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

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Economics.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.