Graduate Programs

Buchanan Hall, the location of the Department of Economics main office. 


Need Academic Advising? 

ACADEMIC ADVISING is available virtually, in-person, or via email.  

Virtual or in-person advising appointments:
Appointments must be scheduled in advance.  PhD students may email Emily Gibson at, and MA students may reach Valerie Sasser at  Current students should use your Mason email account (all University personnel are required to communicate only via Mason email) to request an appointment.  Please include "Advising requested" in your subject line.

Email Advising Questions:
PhD students may send requests to Emily Gibson at, and MA students may email Valerie Sasser at  Mason students should use your email account.  Please include a subject line that accurately indicates your question.  We work to prioritize responses based on subject lines and date received. 

**Note that the volume of requests is currently high with our regular operations and admissions requests. 



We encourage you to learn more about our graduate program offerings.  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.  Please see the links in the text box on this page for more information on these economic fields. 


PhD in 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.

MA in Economics (On-Campus option, Online option)

The MA in economics strengthens students' knowledge of economic theory and improves their skills in applying the theory to economic problems.

Accelerated MA in Economics

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.