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Department of Economics Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Binghamton University, State University of New York

  • Vestal, NY
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 43%57%
    student ratio
  • 53
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • August 1
    fall application deadline
  • 66%
    acceptance rate
  • 4 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Graduate program in economics combines theory and practice across many areas of specialization

Binghamton University's Department of Economics offers two graduate degrees for students. The program has been recognized among the top 20 graduate institutions for such subjects as agricultural economics, resource economics, and economic history. Binghamton is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, often singled out for uniting quality and affordability.

The MA in Financial Economic Analysis (32 credits) degree program generally takes three semesters of full-time study. It blends economics with business training, with students taking some classes from the School of Management. Together, they outfit students with expertise applicable to various careers in the public and private sectors.

The PhD in Economics (58 credits) degree program typically requires five years of study, culminating in a PhD seminar and dissertation. Fields of specialization are econometrics, labor economics, advanced macroeconomics, environmental economics, and public economics.

Binghamton's graduate program in economics consists of roughly 53 students at any given time, along with 26 faculty members (20 of them tenured or on tenure-track). Class sizes are modest allowing for feedback and collaboration, as well as advice and guidance for careers after graduation.

Heavy emphasis on research

Faculty members at Binghamton have published in a wide variety of periodicals and books, while seminars and workshops invite visiting professors to share additional projects and expertise. Students gain experience with empirical methodologies and academic writing, and witness the diversity of interests that make the discipline such a far-reaching and relevant subject. Those anticipating more graduate work or a career in education will hone a skill set that will help them flourish in the current academic environment.

Work with faculty members who are leaders in the field

Because research is a cornerstone of Binghamton's Department of Economics, the faculty members include a range of accomplished experts. Among them are Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Neha Khanna, and Christopher L. Hanes.

With over 20 publications in journals and books, professor Alfonso Flores-Lagunes has garnered enormous respect and experience. He has taught at several institutions and has worked for banks and research centers nationally and internationally. Much of his research concerns labor economics, and how education, training programs, and other opportunities affect wages and success at the microeconomic level.

Professor Neha Khanna is joint professor of economics and environmental studies. Her research has encompassed international commerce, resource management, pollution and climate change concerns, economic factors of military conflict, and current foreign policy. She is also director of graduate studies for the Department of Economics.

Professor Christopher Hanes focuses on macroeconomics and economic history. A Harvard-educated researcher, his articles and book contributions explore issues such as financial crises, business cycles, and wage growth across various epochs. His main focus is American economic history, and he has served as a reviewer for several periodicals.

Business training adds versatility for improved outcomes

Binghamton's School of Management collaborates with the economics program, especially for those pursuing the MA in financial economic analysis degree program. Elective courses help students to develop toward their career goals, and allow for a highly individualized course of study. Additional classes can be chosen relating to public administration from Binghamton's College of Community and Public Affairs, offering new territory for applying skills.

Location & Contact

Department of Economics

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Binghamton University, State University of New York

4400 Vestal Parkway
Vestal, NY 13850
United States

Dr. Florenz Plassmann


Phone: 607-777-4304

Ms. Kishan Zuber

Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 607-777-2151
Fax: 607-777-2501

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Economics And Finance Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Economics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 13
    • Doctoral Degrees 13
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


66% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 121
    • Accepted 80
    • Acceptance Rate 66
    • Enrolled 16
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st August 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTeaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students53
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students53
    • Part-time Percentage42%
    • Full-time Percentage58%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino10%
    • Black / African American10%
    • White / Caucasian80%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty26
    • Full-time Percentage77%
    • Part-time Percentage23%
    • Female Percentage31%
    • Male Percentage69%




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