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The Department of Economics shapes policy and advances understanding of social and individual behavior and well-being through high-quality and innovative research and a commitment to excellence in graduate education. The department has traditionally attracted students interested in applied economics. The distinctive combination of politics and economics within the same unit prepares students to influence policy and gives graduates a unique perspective and edge. More recently, the department has emerged as a leader in behavioral economics, creating research oportunites in areas that combine psychology and economics.
The Economics Department offers three graduate degree programs: Master os Arts in Economics, PhD in Economics, and PhD Interfield. There are several fields or concentrations available, but the program excels in International Economics and Behavioral Economics. Economics degree options are also available for students interested in an interdisciplinary curriculum with politics and policy, global political economy, management, mathematics, financial engineering, philosophy, and information science.
Economics programs are ideal for careers in business, government service, or teaching and research in interdisciplinary programs, such as international studies, management, and public policy. Students intending to pursue careers in economic research and university teaching are encouraged to apply to the doctoral program.
Program Requirements. A year of calculus, an introductory course in statistics, and courses in intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory are required prior to entrance. In some instances, students may be allowed to complete one or more of these requirements after admission to the program. Students lacking an adequate background in calculus, however, should correct this deficiency before applying to the program. Students without an adequate background in economics may be required to take or audit intermediate microeconomics or macroeconomics courses as appropriate at one of The Claremont Colleges.
Transfer of Credit. The University’s policy on transfer credit , available in the Registration & Enrollment section of the Bulletin, applies. Relevant, graduate coursework completed at other institutions prior to enrollment may be considered for transfer credit.
Financial Aid. In addition to tuition fellowships and assistantships offered by the department, other research assistance funding may be available from the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies at CGU, the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College, or faculty research grants.
University Policies. University policies detailed in the Academic Policies section of the Bulletin apply.
Accelerated BA/MA Program
An accelerated BA/MA option is available to juniors and seniors at the undergraduate Claremont Colleges. Admitted undergraduates may apply up to four courses (16 units) toward both the Master of Arts in Economics and their bachelor’s degrees. Four core graduate courses are required and eight other graduate courses from a variety of fields in economics. Graduate work in related areas such as business and management, international relations, politics and public policy, psychology, and philosophy is permitted.