The Department of Economics offers both a PhD and a MA program. The programs are built on a solid core of training in economic theory and econometrics, with concentrations in development economics, econometrics, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, monetary theory and policy. Graduate classes are small and allow individual attention.

Since its inception in 1969 more than 210 students have graduated with the PhD in economics. These graduates obtained positions at universities, research institutions, consulting firms and international organizations. More than 500 students obtained the master’s degree in economics. Approximately half continued to the PhD degree either at UWM or at other leading graduate programs. The Department has on-going exchange relationships with two German Universities, the University of Giessen and the University of Potsdam.

The usual time to finish the MA program is three semesters, while the PhD program can be finished after 4 years of study. The average time to completion for the PhD is just under 5 years.

Fields of Study

The following fields are offered:

  • Required
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Statistical methods (statistics and econometrics)
  • Specialized Areas of Concentration
    • Development
    • Econometrics
    • Industrial Organization
    • International Economics
    • Labor Economics
    • Monetary Theory and Policy