The Duke M.A. Difference
The variety of courses and opportunities available at Duke provided an excellent foundation for Ph.D.-level study. Without the mathematical rigor of the M.A. program, as well as the ability to take additional math classes outside of the department, I would not have been prepared for my doctoral coursework. - Adam Aiken (’05), Assistant Professor of Finance, Quinnipiac College
Master’s programs in economics vary widely. A common misconception is that M.A. programs either are consolation prizes for failing Ph.D. students or are “soft,” offering little more than advanced undergraduate coursework.
These stereotypes are dead wrong.
Duke’s master’s program in economics is designed to give students a quantitative approach to economics, but with enough flexibility to allow students to tailor their degree to fit future goals. It fills a wide range of needs, and produces graduates capable of applied research, financial analysis, or progression to doctoral study.
This is accomplished through rigorous core coursework in economics and flexibility in electives. In addition to taking a variety of master's-level courses, students are expected to enroll in a combination of doctoral-level courses in economics or graduate-level courses in political science, public policy, finance, statistics, and mathematics.
In addition to coursework, students are expected to produce a portfolio that showcases their accomplishments. This portfolio is composed of research papers, presentations and other professional documents produced during the course of study.
The Duke Economics M.A. program may be the best of its kind — but we emphasize that there are many other outstanding programs as well, most with slightly different foci than ours. We take pride in recent graduates' placement and encourage you to apply.