Master of Arts
Master of Science in Economics
Doctor of Philosophy

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Campus address: Bernard and Audre Rapoport Building (BRB) 1.116, phone (512) 471-3211, fax (512) 471-3510; campus mail code: C3100

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Economics, 2225 Speedway Stop C3100, Austin TX 78712


Facilities for Graduate Work

In addition to the department resources described below, graduate students in economics may use the research facilities of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the Bureau of Business Research, the Population Research Center, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, as well as those of the University Libraries and Information Technology Services. Also available in Austin are state government offices; regional offices of federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service; and the offices of several research institutions.

Computer facilities. The information technology environment within the department provides many different applications, hosts, software libraries, and access methods through two computer laboratories. The main laboratory has twenty-five computers, and the secondary laboratory has six computers. Primary research computing is done using applications such as MATLAB, Mathematica, SAS, GAMS, Stata, and Gauss. Many users also have their own desktops and processing environments.

Students may access all the applications that the servers provide, as well as typical office applications in the Windows environment. The department has wireless access to UTnet as well.

Areas of Study

The Department of Economics offers graduate study and research in the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics and in a broad selection of applied areas. Current area offerings are listed on the department’s website.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2017.

Jason Abrevaya
Venkataraman Bhaskar
Saroj Bhattarai
Sandra E Black
Christoph Boehm
Svetlana Boyarchenko
Marika Cabral
Olivier Coibion
Stephen Donald
Richard Dusansky
Michael L Geruso
Andrew Stephen Glover
Sukjin Han
Brendan Andrew Kline
Leigh L Linden
Dayanand Manoli
Eugenio J Miravete
Richard Murphy
Gerald S Oettinger
Nitya Pandalai Nayar
David S Sibley
Daniel T Slesnick
Dean E Spears
Dale O Stahl II
Maxwell B Stinchcombe
Caroline Desiree Thomas
Robert Town
Stephen J Trejo
Thomas E Wiseman
Haiqing Xu

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have completed at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in economics, including three hours each in intermediate-level microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. The applicant should also have a firm grounding in differential and integral calculus, with an emphasis on proofs; matrix algebra; and probability theory. Exposure to advanced calculus, analysis, and topology is also desirable. Applicants may apply directly to the PhD and Master of Arts (Option III) degree programs. Admission to the Master of Arts (Option I) degree program is restricted to students who are currently pursuing graduate study in economics or another related field. Students who have taken the prescribed coursework for the doctoral degree normally qualify for a Master of Science in Economics by the end of their fourth semester in the program, or for the Master of Arts after their third semester.