Graduate Programs

Explore our Graduate Programs

The Department of Economics at the University of Oregon offers graduate programs leading to Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Excellence in teaching and research and a spirit of shared learning are characteristic of graduate study in economics at the University of Oregon.

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Master’s Degree

Award-winning faculty prepare students for consulting, applied research, and data science careers in private industry and government. The program also offers outstanding preparation for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Our Master’s Degree Program was ranked in the top 30 of the 2021 TFE Times Best Master’s of Economics Rankings.

Master’s Degree Requirements
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Doctorate Degree

A Ph.D. in Economics prepares students to teach at liberal arts and research universities; to work in state, federal, and international organizations; and to conduct research or work as a consultant for private industry. Our program, with its low student/faculty ratio, is structured to develop high quality research and teaching skills as well as facilitate successful and timely completion of the degree.

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Supporting Your Growth

“UO's graduate economics program does an excellent job of setting its students up to succeed. The program is structured in a way that incentivizes collaboration over competition, and the overall environment is very supportive and collegial. My current colleagues are often surprised to hear how much I enjoyed my time in graduate school, as that is very much outside the norm. In addition, students are helped to complete their degree in a timely manner through periodic "check-ins" (e.g. a paper due at the end of the third year, a prospectus defense at the end of the fourth year) and strong mentorship. My advisors were very accessible and generous with their time, in addition to being supportive of my specific career goals (I can't help but mention the fact that they wrote and submitted recommendation letters on my behalf two years in a row, the second time as I underwent a joint job search with my partner). I feel so positively about UO's graduate economics program that I encouraged one of my students to apply there after they expressed interest in going to graduate school. They are now enrolled in the PhD program.”

—Jean Falconer, Assistant Professor of Economics, St. Norbert College, '18


The Department of Economics has an internationally-recognized faculty, with research specializations covering a broad range of disciplines inside of economics. Students can choose from more than 20 different elective courses in economics each year.


Funding your Graduate Studies

The Department of Economics provides funding to select PhD candidates through graduate employment opportunities.

Funding and Research Support

Prepare for the Professional World

A graduate degree in economics prepares students for a wide variety of careers in both the public and private sectors. Many of our graduates have found placement at prominent research universities around the world.

Career and Professional Development

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Developing Job Skills

“The economic Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon helped me prepare for the professional world mainly in two ways: First, I was able to hone my programming skill, which are often required for private sector jobs. Second, I was able to improve my communication skill (plus presentation skills) through numerous teaching experiences either as a sole instructor or a discussion leader. It also helped me understand deeper of the topics that I teach.”

—Boyoon Chang, 4th-year PhD student, '24

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Our Graduate Students

Our graduate students pursue their academic research within a vibrant community of engaged and inquisitive peers.

Resources for the Graduate Community


Human Physiology Seminar Series with Dr. Amanda LeBlanc
Human Physiology Seminar Series with Dr. Amanda LeBlanc Jun 9 Lawrence Hall
"Who Knew?"
"Who Knew?" Jun 10 Miller Theatre Complex
"Who Knew?"
"Who Knew?" Jun 11 Miller Theatre Complex
Clue: On Stage AUDITIONS by University Theatre
Clue: On Stage AUDITIONS by University Theatre Jun 11 Hope Theatre at the Miller Theatre Complex
Let's Talk - Wednesday 2-4PM
Let's Talk - Wednesday 2-4PM Jun 14 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Disability Studies Graduation Celebration
Disability Studies Graduation Celebration Jun 16 Living-Learning Center South
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Natural Sciences
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Natural Sciences Jun 20 Autzen Stadium
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Humanities
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Humanities Jun 20 East Campus Green- Located West of Global Scholars Hall
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Social Sciences
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Social Sciences Jun 20 Autzen Stadium
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Global Studies and Languages
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Global Studies and Languages Jun 20 Memorial Quad Lawn