Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Economics

Economics begins by building models of behavior, testing the models against empirical evidence, and modifying or extending them when they fail. The models that survive are used to understand economic events, to make predictions about the future, and to guide economic policy makers. Training in economics provides a solid background for many different career paths — from employment immediately after graduation to postgraduate study. It is particularly appropriate for those with interests in business, finance, law, or public policy. The Department of Economics is made up of teacher-scholars with PhD degrees from leading graduate institutions. As reflected in the listing of faculty members, the teaching and research interests of the faculty cover a wide variety of subject areas.

About the Department

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Undergraduate Programs

Economics is one of the most popular undergraduate majors at Tufts. This popularity reflects the appeal of a discipline that applies formal analysis to real social problems.

Undergraduate Programs Undergraduate Admissions

Master's Programs

The Department of Economics offers several Master of Science programs. These programs offer individually tailored degrees, with personal input from faculty members.

Master's Programs Graduate Admissions

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PhD Programs

The Department of Economics offers individually tailored PhD degrees, with personal input from faculty members.

PhD Programs Graduate Admissions


Learn about faculty research in the Department of Economics.

Department Research

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