Mason's nationally ranked graduate economics programs are noted for their concentrations: experimental economics, Austrian economics, public choice, constitutional political economy, law and economics, and new institutional economics.
The PhD in economics trains students in modern theory and quantitative techniques, stresses the application of theory to relevant economic problems, and emphasizes the application of original research skills.
The MA in economics strengthens students' knowledge of economic theory and improves their skills in applying the theory to economic problems.
Highly qualified Mason economics majors may apply to the accelerated master's degree. If accepted, students will be able to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees in economics after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. Graduates are exceptionally well-prepared for professional school or PhD program in economics or a related discipline.
The graduate certificate in economic systems design provides a well-defined target for students who want to advance or update their knowledge in this fast-moving field. The courses and project work will provide skills that can be used in electronic commerce, public policy, and internal firm resource allocation processes.