The Department of Economics Graduate Program at UNM offers two separate graduate degrees, the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy. The faculty work diligently with each student to prepare them for careers in academia, research, business and government. The growing involvement of government in regulating economic affairs in such diverse areas as utility rate regulation, environmental standards, occupational health and safety regulation, medical and other services for the elderly, and assistance to low-income households has created a considerable and growing demand for people with administrative capabilities combined with an understanding of economic incentives, economic systems, and the role of the public sector. Our department gives students the opportunity to focus on different goals within each degree path including a number of interdisciplinary graduate programs, such as Latin American Studies and Water Resources Program. Students with Master's and Ph.D.'s in Economics are particularly suited to meeting these employment needs of federal and state and local governments. The MA degree has fields of specialization in environmental/natural resource economics, public finance, labor/human resource economics, international/development economics, econometrics, and economic theory. Our Ph.D. degree offers fields of specialization in environmental/natural resource economics, public finance, international/development economics, and labor/human resource economics. Faculty expertise in experimental economics, survey methods, and macro and international economics, provides the foundation for research on a wide range of issues. We also offer seminars periodically to give the students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of individual fields. The Department of Economics offers a wonderful opportunity for graduate students to work with highly regarded faculty and motivated staff.
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