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Department of Economics

College of Business Administration

Dr. Gregory Falls, Chair

321 Sloan Hall, 989-774-3870

Vikesh Amin, Ph.D., Royal Holloway University of London; Labor, Education Economics

Bharati Basu, Ph.D., University of Rochester; International Trade, Economic Development

Lawrence Brunner, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; Public Finance, Urban Economics

A. Aydin Cecen, Ph.D., Indiana University; International Trade, Mathematical Economics

Debasish Chakraborty, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; International Trade, Monetary Theory, Economic Development

Gregory A. Falls, Ph.D., Purdue University; Econometrics, Macroeconomics

James Richard Hill, Ph.D., University of Kentucky; Labor, Sports Economics

James R. Irwin, Ph.D., University of Rochester; Economic History, International Trade, Monetary Theory, Econometrics

Aparna Lhila, Ph.D., Cornell University; Health Economics, Household Economics

Catherine L. McDevitt, Ph.D., University of Rochester; Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, Public Finance

Paul Natke, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; Monetary Theory, Managerial Economics

Samuel Raisanen, Graduate Coordinator, Ph.D., University of Colorado; Industrial Organization, Applied Game Theory

Jason E. Taylor, Ph.D., University of Georgia; Economic History, Industrial Organization

Linlan Xiao, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario; Econometrics, Mathematical Models

The Program

The Department of Economics at Central Michigan University offers a program leading to the degree of master of arts in economics. The program is designed for two types of students: those who wish to gain marketable skills in applied economics and those who wish to strengthen their preparation in order to continue work toward a doctorate in economics.

Graduate assistantships, which involve the student in either teaching or research, are available on a competitive basis from the Economics Department. Currently, most of the economics graduate students are from countries other than the United States.

The program is designed to meet the needs of the individual student, and students may choose to write a thesis or may select a non-thesis option. The M.A. program is designed so that it can be completed in one calendar year but normally requires three semesters.

Graduate courses in economics may be selected as elective or cognate courses on various graduate curricula including the following: business administration, geography, history, mathematics, political science, statistics.

Requirements of the interdisciplinary curriculum for the Master of Science in Administration are stated in the section on Interdisciplinary Degrees.


Master of Arts (M.A.) in Economics

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) 

Course Designator:

ECO - Economics