Cornell University

Regional Science


410 Thurston Ave

Ithaca, NY 14850

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Regional Science;M.S. - Regional Science, Ph.D. - Regional Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Regional Science is the study of regional economies and their interactions with each other. Central issues include capital flows, trade, location or economic activity, growth, and regional conflicts. Graduates are positioned for careers as researchers or policy analysts at the highest levels in national governments, corporations, and international organizaions.
Both masterÆs degrees provide a thorough understanding of spatial, interregional, and location theory within the context of economic, social, and political systems, and a mastery of analytical techniques as they relate to public and private decision-making. In the first year, students typically study statistics, input-output models, microeconomics, geographic information systems, econometrics, and macroeconomics. In year two, they specialized. Students may also study with professors in departments that have a regional focus, such as economics or environmental engineering. The masterÆs degree usually takes four semesters to complete and requires a thesis. Required course work varies by prior academic background. Programs of study are designed in consultation with a faculty advisory committee.
The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of regional, interregional, location, and conflict theory in the context of physical and policy spaces and the framework of existing economic, social, and political systems. Students master techniques of analysis of urban-regional systems as they relate to public and private decision making, with heavy emphasis on mathematical models and quantitative methods. Students are fully exposed to the existing and newly developing social science theory that directly relates to themultidisciplinary approach of regional science.
For an application, visit the Graduate School's website at Cornell University.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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