Opportunities with the Rady School of Management Master of Finance Program

Dear Economics Students,

There is still time for you to consider advancing your education with the 1-year Master of Finance program with the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. As an Econ student at UC San Diego, your extensive exposure to econometrics and economic principles provide you with strong foundational skills needed in the Master of Finance program.

As an applied finance degree, you will be provided with rigorous, hands-on training to immediately contribute to environments where quantitative and analytical skills are at a premium. Students learn cutting-edge methods for analyzing “big data” for financial decision-making and risk management.

Applications are still being accepted for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents interested in Fall 2018 enrollment. The final deadline to apply is June 1, 2018. Learn more about the program and application process here, https://rady.ucsd.edu/admissions/master-of-finance/.

To discuss your options, feel free to reach out to Master of Finance admissions advisor, Madriqueka Koppe at 858-534-5161; mkoppe@ucsd.edu.

Special Fellowship opportunities are available for UC San Diego graduates so reach out now to learn more about the program and funding opportunities!


UVA M.S. in Commerce

Attend an information session at UCSD to learn more about the University of Virginia’s M.S. in Commerce, a one year business degree for non-business majors. The M.S. in Commerce at UVA offers tracks in business analytics, finance, and marketing and management, concluding with a three-week global immersion experience to Europe, Latin America, Asia, or the Middle East. Ranked No 2 “Master’s in Management” in the world by The Economist, this program boasts 95-99% placement within three months of graduation.

UVA M.S. in Commerce Information Session at UCSD

Monday, February 26

Career Services Center, Round Room

Register here!

The information session will give you a strong foundation of knowledge about the program. We also have opportunities available for you to meet with admissions one on one. Let’s schedule a time to chat in person and discuss your best individual course of action for applying and appealing to the admissions committee!

Meet With Admissions

Monday, Feb. 26 – Tuesday, Feb. 27

Price Center – Starbucks

Sign up here!

2018 PhD Excellence Initiative

THE PH.D. EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE, supported through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, identifies high-achieving college graduates of color (or graduating seniors) who have a passion for economics and prepares them for the rigors of top-tier Ph.D. programs within the discipline. The Initiative positions these high achievers for further success in academia through its focus on research excellence, writing for publication, and peer networking and support. A high degree of one-on-one mentoring (working closely with Peter Blair Henry) is also a hallmark of the Initiative.


Description and Instructions for Application (PDF)


Rome Masters in Economics-RoME, AY 2018/19

Last year EIEF launched, together with LUISS university, the Rome Masters in Economics (RoME), a two-year Master’s program designed for a small group of talented students. In our search for students from all over the world we wrote to friends and colleagues like you to spread the word and we received a lot of very good applications. Among these, we were able to select a class of ten bright kids with high potential  (if you’re interested, here is the list). The class is a bit smaller than what we are aiming for in the medium-run, but we want to make sure that our students are nurtured intensively. We have high hopes that they’ll be strong enough, after they graduate from RoME next year, to deserve serious attention from admission committees  of top PhD programs. 

We are now searching for the new cohort of students and, again, we ask for your help.

Let us remind you that the ideal RoME applicant is an ambitious undergraduate student interested in gaining admission to one of the best PhD programs in the world. RoME has a quantitative focus, features intense tutoring, and exposes students to a challenging and internationally oriented academic environment, also thanks to EIEF visitors such as yourself. Two of us (Claudio and Pietro) are the Scientific Directors of the new program. Its academic quality is monitored by a Steering Committee, which includes three independent academics: Pierre-André Chiappori (Columbia University), Luigi Pistaferri (Stanford University) and Aleh Tsyvinski (Yale University).  We offer scholarships and full fee waiver for the top applicants. See the RoME website and attached brochure for more information about the program.

We would greatly appreciate If you could take a couple of minutes to think about universities where you have contacts to whom you would be willing to reach out.  Although we hope to attract students from all over, at this early stage we are especially interested in attracting the best students at universities that do not routinely place students in the most elite programs; some universities in Eastern Europe, Turkey, Iran or South America are perhaps good examples of what we have in mind. So if you know of any promising students or colleagues who might be in touch with such students please share this information, and feel free to tell students to contact us, by e-mail or phone, for further clarifications. 

We also attach a poster that can be affixed to a department bulletin board. If you know of any other colleagues who would be willing to display our poster we will make sure that they receive one. 

ROME poster

brochure RoME

Demography at Penn

Penn Demography trains independent researchers who are prepared to fill leading roles in social demography and population analysis at a variety of organizations and are well versed in the growth, structure, health and well-being of human populations. Graduates have a firm grasp of both the substance and methods of study in the core areas of demography and population sciences (mortality, fertility, migration, population aging, and demographic – economic interrelations) from both a domestic and international perspective.

Many students choose to do a joint Ph.D. with Sociology.

The University of Pennsylvania is a welcoming and inclusive place that values diversity of backgrounds, methodologies, theoretical perspectives, and research interests.

The annual application deadline is December 15.

Please see the attached flier for more information.  We encourage you to email tanyaya@sas.upenn.edu to express interest, ask questions, and get more information.

We look forward to seeing applications from your students!

UCI PhD Program

graduate program



why uci economics?

When Nikki Tavasoli was thinking about where she wanted to pursue her graduate degree in economics, UC Irvine was at the top of her list.

“UCI has so many professors who are so esteemed and high ranking in their fields – I wanted to come here and absorb their knowledge and expertise,” she says. “I also chose to come to UCI because of the great funding they provide.”

Ranked #24 among all public economics programs in the country (U.S News & World Report), the UCI graduate program in economics offers admitted students 5 years of guaranteed funding.

Scholars in the department have a proven track record of earning competitive research funding from national agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Army Office of Research, and U.S. Department of Agriculture; from private foundations including the Russell Sage Foundation and Arnold Foundation; and from campus-level fellowships, such as the Public Impact, Fletcher Jones and Chancellor’s Club fellowships.



“UCI excels in economics because of the way it provides students with so many great research opportunities – both within the department and across campus through interdisciplinary work,” Nikki says.

For her, that means getting access to real consumer data for her research on health economics – specifically how nutritional characteristics and pricing schemes impact consumer dietary choices. And she also gets to work with faculty in medicine as well as economics to better understand her field.

“These are unique opportunities that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere,” she says.

And it’s true – the department has achieved national stature by attracting well-known senior scholars to its faculty and through the advancement of a host of young economists who have achieved national prominence for breaking new research ground in exciting fields. And graduate students have incredible opportunities to publish alongside these world-renowned faculty.

The economics department has 28 permanent faculty members with research and teaching interests that span a broad range of fields. In addition to strengths in micro theory, macroeconomics and econometrics (Bayesian and classical), the department has expertise in many applied fields, including:

  • Economic history
  • Industrial organization
  • International economics
  • Labor economics
  • Public choice
  • Public finance
  • Transportation economics
  • Urban economics

UCI economists pursue research with real-world policy impacts in areas including minimum wage debate, California policy toward enterprise zones, regulation of airline alliances, California high-speed rail demand forecasts, and public health. And students have an opportunity to earn a master’s degree while in pursuit of their Ph.D.

For graduate students, there’s also a healthy work-life balance when grad life gets stressful.

“Life as a UCI Ph.D. student is really fun. We go to the beach, hang out with friends, hit any one of the number of different restaurants around town…we find time to work and play here,” Nikki says. It’s easy to do when your school is less than 10 miles from Newport Beach on a 1,500 acre campus with endless running and hiking trails. And not to mention UCI is the #1 university committed to economic diversity and upward mobility (The New York Times College Access Index) and the #9 ranked public university in the U.S.(U.S. News & World Report).

Graduate students from UCI’s economics program have gone on to work in high-tech startups, research consultancy companies, government offices, and in professorial posts around the world. A quick sampling of recent placements:

  • Amazon
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • Clemson University
  • U.S. Federal Reserve
  • Office of the Comptroller of Currency
  • Purdue University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Tulane University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
so what are you waiting for?

If full funding, opportunities to publish and a proven track record of excellence in the field are what you’re looking for in a graduate program, contact us today to learn more about UCI economics.

William Branch, Department Chair
wbranch@uci.edu | 949.824.4221

Dan Bogart, Graduate Director
dbogart@uci.edu | 949.824.3191

John Sommerhauser, Graduate Advisor
jdsommer@uci.edu | 949.824.4074

application deadline:

December 1

Apply today!

UT Economics MA Program Brochure

On behalf of the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, we invite your students to apply to our one-year Master’s program. Our terminal M.A. Economics degree offers a 10-month, 10-course curriculum for students seeking rigorous training in economic theory and analytical methods; 18 and 24-month program tracks are also available.


The program is suitable for students with any of the following goals:

  • Obtaining the background in economics and mathematics required to gain admission to a high-quality economics PhD program
  • Qualifying for jobs in the private or government sector that require greater expertise in economic, analytical, and statistical tools than provided by an undergraduate degree
  • Studying economics as a complementary field to another area of expertise (law, political science, public health, statistics, energy, etc.)


An undergraduate degree in Economics is not required for applicants. A strong quantitative background, along with some exposure to economics courses, is expected. Successful applicants will have taken multivariate calculus and preferably linear algebra.


Our application deadline is March 1, 2018, and classes begin in July 2018. Our website provides detailed program information including application instructions, course descriptions, syllabi, a profile of our current class, and student testimonials.


If you wish to learn more, please register for our virtual information session, Thursday, November 16, at 6pm CST, available online athttps://ma.eco.utexas.edu/virtual-information-session/. You are also encouraged to contact us directly at ma-econ@austin.utexas.eduif you have any questions about the program.

Please take a look at the brochure below:

UT Economics MA Program Brochure