Graduate programs

The department offers graduate programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Our M.A. program can be tailored to prepare students for positions in business or government or to provide a solid foundation for Ph.D. level studies. Our Ph.D. program prepares students to conduct original research and work as professional economists in academia, government or business.

The M.A. degree can be completed in one to two years, and course work for the Ph.D. degree can be completed in three years. The Ph.D. degree also requires passage of preliminary examinations and the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

The graduate program in economics provides a strong foundation in macroeconomic theory, microeconomic theory, and quantitative analysis. In addition, we offer course work by nationally recognized scholars in such fields as development economics, econometrics, international economics, industrial organization, labor economics, monetary economics, public finance, and transportation economics.

Where do our graduate students find jobs?

Message from the Director of Graduate Studies

Philip Gayle

I am excited you are considering pursuing graduate studies in economics at Kansas State University. Our talented faculty members provide excellent teaching, and conduct high quality research that gets published in highly ranked economics journals. Most important for your graduate training experience, is that our faculty members are accessible, eager and committed to working with students.  

Our graduate student body comprises of students from a wide variety of nationalities, which provides an environment of rich cultural exchanges. So if you are looking for rigorous training in economics within an environment of rich cultural exchanges, then graduate studies in economics at K-State is the place for you.         

Please do not hesitate to contact me at gaylep@ksu.edu for additional information regarding our graduate programs.

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Philip G. Gayle
Professor & Director of Graduate Studies