Degree Programs: Full-Time: M.A/M.Phil./Ph.D.
The department of Economics offers a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in Economics; students earn the M.A. and the M.Phil. in the course of earning the Ph.D. degree. There is no free-standing M.A. degree program in Economics.
The department has a long and distinguished tradition dating back to the pioneering work of John Bates Clark, Wesley Clair Mitchell, Harold Hotelling and William Vickrey. This tradition is kept alive by a strong, research-oriented faculty and student body whose interests range from pure theory to a variety of applied subjects.
The department is closely associated with Columbia’s Graduate School of Business and Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.
Graduate education in economics at Columbia provides rigorous training and encourages students to do original and innovative work. All students learn to use the basic economic tools and master two specialized fields. Faculty-student weekly workshops play a key role, providing a forum for new ideas and a free exchange and an opportunity for keeping abreast of the most current issues and research in the field. Workshops are offered in Macro/Monetary Economics, Econometrics, Labor/Applied Micro, International Economics, Economic Theory, Industrial Organization and Strategy and Development/Environment. Students also participate in weekly colloquia and present their own research. Colloquia are offered in Micro Theory, Applied Micro, Macro, International Trade, Industrial Organization, Econometrics, Development, and Political Economy.
Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship.
In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades from each post-secondary school attended, a Statement of Academic Purpose and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.
All students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For more information, refer to Admissions and Frequently Asked Questions pages.
There is no free-standing M.A. degree in Economics.
It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed college-level work in probability and statistics, differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, an introduction to mathematical analysis, and econometrics. Autumn admission only. General GRE test scores are required. GRE scores are valid for five years from the date of examination.
Deadline for admission: December 15. No applications are accepted after this date.