College of Humanities and Social Sciences

For Graduate Students

The Department of Economics at George Mason University offers a master's and a doctoral degree in economics. The department is noted for its emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative comparative institutional analysis and its focus on the relations among economic, political, and legal institutions. This is reflected in the specializations associated with the department:  Austrian economics, constitutional political economy, experimental economics, law and economics, new institutional economics, and public choice. We offer a strong core of courses in applied economics and our faculty apply economic theory to a wide range of allied disciplines, including political science, philosophy, sociology, history, and classics.

The department also offers a graduate certificate in economic systems design, which provides a well-defined course of study for students who want to advance or update their knowledge in this fast-moving field.

For our Current Graduate Students in Economics 

Please refer to the resources below as well as other pages in this section. You will find valuable information that can help you plan your program of study, position yourself for the job market, and successfully graduate.

These pages provide the primary rules regarding our graduate programs. Some of these rules are departmental in origin, while others are established by the university. With respect to university rules, you should also refer to the University Catalog particularly as it pertains to graduate academic policies.

Please take the time to review this website carefully and completely. As a comprehensive resource regarding our program, the Economics website should always be your first stop for any program-related questions and should be referenced prior to contacting the Graduate Studies Office with questions.

Economics Graduate Studies Office

The Economics Graduate Studies Office contains four people with different types of responsibility. For most of the issues and questions you might have, Mary Jackson is the person you should approach. She is the person who is most knowledgeable about relevant rules and procedures. She organizes and coordinates the flow of work and information, both within the Economics Graduate Studies Office and between the Office and other units within the university. In her role as Economics Graduate Student Funding Coordinator, Lisa Hill-Corley oversees all matters pertaining to graduate funding. You should contact Lisa with any funding-related matters.

In his capacity as MA Director, Carlos Ramirez signs various forms pertaining to your progress through the MA program, but these forms will typically emanate from Mary Jackson in her capacity as Graduate Coordinator. Professor Ramirez's prime tasks are to serve as advisor to MA students and as admissions officer into the MA program.

As Director of Graduate Studies, Chris Coyne has overall responsibility for the conduct of the Economics Graduate Studies Office and all programs it administers. In his capacity as PhD Director, he signs various forms pertaining to your progress through the PhD program, but these forms will typically emanate from Mary Jackson and Lisa Hill-Corley. Professor Coyne serves as advisor to PhD students and as admissions officer into the PhD program.

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