For Graduate Students

HOURS OF OPERATION:  M-F 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

ACADEMIC ADVISING: Virtual by appointment only or by email. To request appointment, email

Walk-ins cannot be accommodated at this time. Please email for an appointment.

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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.

For our Current Graduate Students in Economics 

The Economics Graduate Studies Office is responsible for matters related to the department’s graduate programs. This office is your department resource for information and questions about the relevant rules and procedures required for completing your graduate degree.

The staff of the Graduate Studies Office provide advising and monitoring of degree requirements for our graduate student cohorts:

  • PhD in economics program
  • MA in economics (On-Campus option)
  • MA in economics (Online option)
  • Bachelors/Accelerated Masters Economics program.

Professor Chris Coyne, as the Director of Graduate Programs, has overall responsibility for the administration of the Economics Graduate Studies Office and all its programs which includes graduate funding matters and admissions decisions to each of our graduate programs. He also serves as the PhD Director and oversees all matters related to the PhD in economics program.

Professor Carlos Ramirez serves as the MA Director of the MA On-Campus option and primarily oversees admission to the program and advising.

The Director of Graduate Programs serves as the MA Director of the MA Online option and oversees admission to the program and advising.

Mary Jackson (Graduate Coordinator) and Valerie Sasser (Graduate Programs Assistant) organize and coordinate the flow of work and information both within the Economics Graduate Studies Office and between the Office and other University units. They should be your first point of contact for advising as well as most of your issues, questions, and forms. They can be contacted by emailing