Graduate Program

Program Overview

The Department of Economics offers full-time and part-time graduate programs leading to master’s (MA) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees. After completing the MA program, students should have the technical skills required for economic analysis of business and public policy. After completing the Ph.D. program, students should be able to conduct original research and advance knowledge in the field.

Degrees and Programs of Study

M.A. in Economics

The MA in Economics prepares the student to understand contemporary economic theory and its application to problems arising in industry, business, and government. The program gives the student an opportunity to specialize in one of two areas: (a) general economics or (b) applied economics and financial markets. The program is primarily dedicated to producing well-trained researchers and managers in the field of Economics. Many students go on to enter Ph.D. programs.

Program Requirements (Grad Bulletin), Student Handbook

Ph.D in Economics

The Ph.D. in economics is designed to prepare the student for university teaching and research, and for positions as economists in government, business and industry. The program emphasizes the development of advanced research and scholarship skills in applied economics areas. To accomplish this, the program has fields in econometrics, economic development, industrial organization, international economics, financial economics, and labor economics. The program has a strong track record in placing its graduates in desirable positions.

Program Requirements (Grad Bulletin), Student Handbook


View a full list of Courses you can expect to take within the MA or Ph.D. Economics program.

Admissions Process

Admission requirements to the Economics graduate programs follow the general requirements established by the Graduate School at Temple University. Visit the Graduate Bulletin website for more information on the admissions process.

Departmental Requirements

We do not require a BA in Economics, but intermediate economic theory and econometrics are strongly recommended. Students must be comfortable with multivariate calculus and matrix algebra; this typically means they must have successfully taken 3rd semester calculus and linear algebra.


Individuals with a MA or Ph.D. degree in Economics enter careers in many areas, including academia, government, and the private sector.  Students with MA degrees from our program have found jobs with companies like Econsult and Moody’s  Recent Ph.D. students from our program have found employment at Creighton University, Randolph College, Randolph Macon College, Ursinus College, Chestnut Hill College,Widener University, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Moody’s Analytics, Comcast, and the World Economic Forum.

A few of our distinguished graduate alumni:

  • James Bailey, Ph.D. 2014, Assistant Professor at Creighton University
  • Shu Deng, Ph.D. 2014, Senior Economist II at IHS, Inc., The Center for Modeling and Forecasting
  • Paul Marmora, Ph.D. 2015, Assistant Professor, Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Virginia
  • Andria Smythe, Ph.D. 2015, Assistant Professor, Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Kabir Dasgupta, Ph.D. 2016, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • Juan (Iris) Huang, Ph.D. 2016, Vice President, TD Securities, a Canadian Investment Bank in New York
  • Keshar M. Ghimire, Ph.D. 2016, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati at Blue Ash, Ohio
  • Jason Keegan, Ph.D. 2016, Financial Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia


Douglas Webber
Director of Graduate Studies
Phone Number: (215) 204-5025

Ms. Linda Wyatt
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone Number: (215) 204-6638

Graduate Resources