Our Alumni

John Alexander

Sales Director, Nasdaq

"Get to know your college professors, get involved with extra-curricular activities."

Resident Physician, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School — Newark, NJ

"I took a less traditional route with economics and entered medical school."

Caroline Cook

Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, PepsiCo — Denver, Colorado

"I'd recommend taking additional statistics classes, even if pursuing the BA...will help if looking to pursue an MBA down the road..."

Portfolio Manager, HBK Capital Management — New York, NY

"The most important thing you learn in college is how to question information and learn independently."

Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health & Main Line Health Center for Population Research — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Deciding to pursue the master's was a way for me to train in higher-level math and statistics and a good transition to make sure a Ph.D. was really for me."

Daniel Shvartsman

Director Content Strategy, Seeking Alpha

"While I think it's relevant to have econometrics and some fluency in statistical analysis, I think the theoretical aspects are more important."

President, Kibo — Nashville, TN

"My econ degree from Duke was the foundation for my business career."

Priyanka Agarwal

Entrepreneur

"The real world situations discussed in the Economics courses as well as the subsidiary courses have subconsciously molded my approach while tackling a situation."

Dylan Newman

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) — Miami, Florida

"(Duke Economics courses') subject matter is incredible relevant, and the elective classes also touch on relevant topics in the business world, including entrepreneurship, financial markets, and accounting.

Gordon Whitehouse

Marketing Product Manager, Apple — Cupertino, California

"The critical thinking taught at Duke prepared me for a career in marketing and technology product management."

Peak6 Investments — Chicago, Illinois

"My Economics degree has given me credibility." 

Littlejohn & Co. — Greenwich, Connecticut

"(Duke Economics) helped develop analytical skills required with an additional benefit from finance-focused classes ..."

Christine Lauro

Radiation Oncologist, Wyoming Oncology Professionals — Casper, Wyoming

"I would be challenged to find any personal or professional pursuit that is not better explained by the study of Economics."

Joanna Bromley

Bain & Company — Los Angeles, California

"The professors are top-notch and more importantly, such great people."

Orthopedic Surgeon, Adult Reconstruction, Tufts Medical Center — Boston, MA

"A background in economics has been invaluable in seeing various issues in medicine through a bit of a different lens than having a more traditional degree in the sciences."

DHI Group Inc. — New York, New York

"The program opens a lot of doors for you, and it's really up to how you want to build on the foundation you lay here."

Senior Manager, Corporate Development, General Motors — Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany

"My economics degree provided valuable skills, career visibility, and a foot in the door to the investment banking / M&A advisory industry at an entry level after graduation."

Erin Fletcher

Principal Consultant and CEO, Altitude Worldwide Research — Denver, Colorado

"The skills you learn in econ are widely applicable--to areas that most of us probably haven't even thought of yet--and they can be a tremendous asset as you look to build a fulfilling career in a number of fields."

Investor, Self-employed

"The more disciplines you can learn from, the better positioned you will be."

IBM Corporation

"The knowledge you learn will be applicable in any field you get into."

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