Graduate School Information

While a bachelor's degree in economics opens up many exciting opportunities, most graduates will find it advantageous to receive a higher degree, usually after a couple of years of working experience. The skills you learn while earning a bachelor's degree in economics lend themselves well to obtaining higher degrees in many fields such as public policy, public health, business administration, law, and of course, economics.

If you have plans to obtain an advanced degree, we highly recommend you discuss your plans with your academic advisor so that classes taken while at the University of Michigan-Flint can be tailored to your career aspirations.

Economics Graduate School

If you wish to obtain an advanced degree in economics, we advise you to take several math and statistics courses in addition to economics courses within the economics department. If you are interested in empirical work in economics, a programming language class is also advisable.

Before applying, you must take the Graduate Record's Examination (GRE). In addition some schools require the economics subject test of the GRE. You should note early the dates in which the GRE exams are scheduled to insure the results can be included with your applications. While high scores on the quantitative sections of the GRE are important, scores on the subject test are usually of much less importance.

To apply, you will need to obtain recommendation letters. Be sure to provide your references with ample time to submit the recommendation letters. You are advised to ask economists you know well; these may include your professors or other economists that you have worked for, done research for, etc.

Usually, separate master and doctoral degree programs are offered at universities for advanced degrees in economics. However, some schools only offer either one or the other degree program. For schools that offer both doctoral and master degree programs, you must usually decide which program you wish to enter and indicate your choice on your application. To find out more information about a particular school's policy, refer to the school's economics department website.

Economics graduate schools often provide funding, especially for those enrolled in the doctoral programs, in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. Other sources of fellowships include the NSF fellowship. You are highly recommended to apply for the NSF when applying for graduate school.

To find out more about the application process, please refer to econphd.net or the American Economic Association's guide to graduate school.  To find out more about particular graduate schools, a listing of economics department websites can be found at: http://edirc.repec.org