The curriculum includes a comprehensive treatment of modern theory and empirical techniques. Students are exposed to a broad range of applied fields, and elect specialization in two fields of particular interest. The typical student can expect to spend two full years completing the required course work. The remaining time in the program is usually spent engaging in dissertation research and participating in seminars.
The Economics department does not admit students who plan to terminate their graduate study with the M.A. degree. A master’s option is only available to currently enrolled Econ Ph.D. candidates, or Ph.D. candidates from other departments at Stanford.
Students who are currently enrolled in another Ph.D. program at Stanford may elect to add a Ph.D. Minor in Economics to their degree program.
Joint Degree Programs
The Economics department offers two joint degree programs with the School of Law, leading to either a J.D./M.A. and a J.D./Ph.D degree. We also offer a Ph.D./M.P.P. joint degree with the Public Policy program.