Master's Programs

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.

Degree Offerings

  • Master of Arts in Economics (MAE)
  • Master of Arts in Analytical Political Economy (MAPE)
  • Master of Science in Economics & Computation (MSEC)
  • Master of Science in Quantitative Financial Economics (MQFE)

Our four distinct programs are tailored to meet your professional goals – whether that's applied research in academia, industry, or government; applied research in financial markets; financial analysis; or pursuit of your doctorate. 

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3 Reasons Why You Should Enroll in Our Master's Program

#1: 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.

#2: Flexibility with an Interdisciplinary Approach

Our students can customize their curriculum based on their own academic backgrounds and research interests. They can 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.

#3: Research Opportunities

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.

For Prospective Students

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For Current Students

We've compiled resources to assist you while working toward your master's – from requirements and processes, to advising and EcoTeach services, useful Duke links, and more.

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