For Prospective Students
Duke Economics currently ranks in the top 20 of economics departments in the United States, and we consistently strive for innovation and improvement. Our graduate degree programs reflect this by offering flexibility, a rigorous curriculum, and the opportunity to explore other departments and schools in one of America's top research universities. We currently offer four distinct master’s programs, each designed to offer students the quantitative and analytical skills they need in preparation for doctoral programs and careers in economics, finance, and related fields.
Our flagship master's program, the MAE, typically receives more than 500 applications and admits 65-70 students per year. Our joint programs, MAPE and MSEC, admit between 8-10 students each year. The new MQFE program is expected to enroll between 8-10 students per year. Due to the high volume of applications from well-qualified applicants, we are unable to accommodate everyone. However, we welcome anyone who would like to pursue graduate study at Duke Economics to apply for admission.
The MAE, MSEC, and MQFE degree programs classify as STEM (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics). Students in these degree programs can apply for a 24-month STEM extension of F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Rigorous Quantitative Coursework
Our programs take a highly quantitative approach to economic theory, which helps to provide advanced analytical skills necessary for future economics-related jobs in academia, research, and the public and private sectors. A comprehensive volume of all courses offered in our department can be viewed on our Courses page.
Flexible Curriculum with an Interdisciplinary Approach
Students in our programs can customize their curriculum based on their own academic backgrounds and research interests. They have the opportunity to take courses in other departments and schools — such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistical Science, the Fuqua School of Business, the Law School, and the Nicholas School of the Environment — as well as collaborate with students and faculty across the social sciences.
Duke University is recognized as one of the premier research institutions and routinely ranks in the top of all U.S. universities in research expenditures. There are numerous research opportunities in which our students may engage, both within the Department of Economics as well as at other departments, schools, and on-campus research institutes.
We prefer that students interested in visiting to talk with faculty and students give us at least a week's advance notice so that we can arrange their visit. You should let us know if you have particular faculty you are interested In speaking with and we will do our best to set up a meeting. To arrange a visit, contact the M.A. program assistant. Please note: Visiting the department prior to being admitted does not increase an applicant's likelihood of admission.