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Graduate School in Economics

Here is a link to a web page that lists graduate school programs (both Masters and Ph.D. programs) in Economics across the country:

The CSUN Tseng College of Extended Learning offers test preparation programs (course to prepare you to take the standardized tests required for graduate school admissions). More information is avaliable on the Tseng web page:

CSUN does not offer a Masters in Economics. We do have an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) Program. For a Masters in Economics at a local California State University, check out Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, or Cal State LA.

For advice on what courses to take at CSUN to prepare for a doctoral program in economics, read the section entitled "Suggested Economics Electives to Focus Your Course of Study" under Focus Your Studies. If you are a CSUN student interested in attending graduate school in economics, contact Professor Halcoussis for more advice.

Graduate School in Related Fields
In addition to law school, the graduate programs listed here are suited to individuals with undergraduate degrees in economics. More are coming...

Graduate programs in finance:

University of Southern California (USC) program in pharmaceutical economics and outcomes research: "The M.S. and Ph.D. programs study cost-effectiveness analysis, outcomes research and policy issues within the pharmaceutical marketplace."

University of Kentucky, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration: The immediate past Director, Genia Toma, started her career as an economics professor at CSUN. According to Professor Toma, this is a great professional program for someone with a background in economics. 

The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (in Santa Monica): trains Ph.D.s in policy analysis to "tackle the critical problems of the day: justice, health, security, education and poverty."

Sacramento State Master's Program in Public Policy and Administration (emphasis on state and local policy analysis and administration):

UC Irvine offers graduate education in urban planning (transportation, housing, land use, community development, environmental, health policy and urban security issues): (applications for fall are due the prior January)

UC Santa Barbara offers an M.A. Program in Global & International Studies:
Boston University offers a Master of Arts in Economic Policy, "an intensive three-semester program combining a strong foundation in economics with the management skills appropriate for students interested in careers as policy analysts and decisionmakers in government, international organizations, non-profit organizations and the private sector."

The Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) on the University of California, San Diego campus. Here is their advertising copy: CMBC is seeking students interested in confronting important biological and societal issues with respect to the health of the world's oceans. We have designed a new type of graduate education and training program that will produce a generation of scientists conversant in the biological, social, economic and political issues of marine conservation and equipped with technical competence in informatics and communication skills. The goal is to train professionals who not only can identify the problems, but who can also find practical solutions within ecological, social and economic constraints. We are reaching out to potential PhD students from the natural and social sciences, including economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, communication, history, business and management. Please visit us on line at: http://cmbc.ucsd.ed

Updated September 20, 2013

Economics: A Good Choice of Major for Future CEOs

Economics: A Good Choice of Major fo Future CEOs

Patricia M. Flynn
Bentley University -- Department of Economics

Michael A. Quinn
Bentley University - Department of Economics

November 28, 2006


It is often suggested that Economics is a good major for individuals interested in becoming business leaders. Despite this widespread assertion, little research has been conducted on this topic. Using the Standard and Poor (S&P) 500 companies, this paper examines the validity of such a claim. We find evidence that Economics is a good choice of major for those aspiring to become a CEO. Economics ranked third with 9% of the CEOs of the S&P 500 companies in 2004 being undergraduate Economics majors, behind Business Administration and Engineering majors, each of which accounted for 20% of the CEOs. When adjusting for size of the pool of graduates, those with undergraduate degrees in Economics are shown to have had a greater likelihood of becoming an S&P 500 CEO than any other major. That is, the share of graduates who were Economics majors who were CEOs in 2004 was greater than that for any other major, including Business Administration and Engineering. The findings also show that a higher percentage of CEOs who were Economics majors subsequently completed a graduate degree- often an MBA- than did their counterparts with Business Administration and Engineering degrees. The paper demonstrates that while women now comprise over half of all bachelors and masters degrees awarded, they remain a minority in terms of undergraduate degrees awarded in Economics and in MBA degrees conferred. Economics programs may try to appeal to more women students as a stepping stone to becoming a CEO, especially as women continue to account for less than 2 percent of the S&P 500 CEOs.

Updated April 8, 2013