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Graduate Study

A major or minor in economics at UW-Eau Claire provides a solid foundation for graduate study in many fields. Many of our graduates have gone on to successful careers in graduate school and exciting post-graduate professions.

If you’re considering graduate school in any field, it’s important to talk to your advisor right away about the preparation you might need. You might need to take certain courses or pursue other opportunities at UW-Eau Claire to open the doors to the graduate program you would most enjoy. Your advisor can help you get an early start on this path.

See graduate study advice from alumni

Here are a few graduate-school options you might want to consider.

Ph.D. program in Economics

A Ph.D. in economics can prepare you for a college teaching career or an exciting career doing economic analysis at a high level in a government or private-sector position. To get an overview of leading Ph.D. programs in economics, take a look at the article “Rankings of U.S. Economics Departments” by Richard Dusansky and Clayton J. Vernon in the Journal of Economic Perspectives (Winter 1998). (This article is available online through JSTOR, an electronic database that can be accessed through the McIntyre Library website. You can also reach JSTOR directly from any campus computer.) The American Economic Association Graduate Study in Economics Web Pages provides links to Ph.D. program rankings and a lot more.

Ph.D. or masters program in Applied Economics

Graduate programs in Applied Economics are generally similar to regular Ph.D. programs, but they focus more directly on applied fields (rather than economic theory) and sometimes involve less formidable math requirements. Many of these programs originally focused on Agricultural Economics, and they still include that field in their names and some courses; but most programs in Applied Economics today also focus on other applied fields such as environmental economics, development economics, public sector economics, and international economics.

An excellent program in Applied Economics is located nearby at the University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics, and the economics department at UWEC also has ties to the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

Masters program in Public Relations, International Affairs, Urban Planning, etc.

Many masters-level programs involve a lot of economic analysis, so your economics training at UW-Eau Claire can give you a great head start. Notable programs include those at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee. Your advisor can help you identify programs that best fit your interests.

Law school

Many of our graduates have gone on to law school and successful legal careers. See the University Catalogue for information about the pre-law program and advice about preparation.