Department of Economics Claremont Graduate University

Department of Economics Claremont Graduate University

Claremont, CA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
10 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


The School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation ¿ Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University

The Division of Politics and Economics (DPE) at Claremont Graduate University offers excellent masters and doctoral programs in economics, political science, and public policy. In DPE we are passionate about quality graduate education, faculty-student collaboration, and innovative research in economics and political science, as well as a strong commitment to transdisciplinary scholarship. This commitment is underscored in our research and teaching, and has brought us international recognition. This approach involves integrating research and theory from a range of disciplines with the goal of finding solutions to contemporary local, national, and global issues. It also allows students to create individualized dual or inter-field curricula in which they obtain the theory and analytical skills needed to significantly impact the academic, government, and private-industry sectors.

Excellent Career Opportunities

Masters and Doctoral students graduate fully-prepared to excel in government, faculty, research, and leadership positions throughout the world. In fact, recent placements in the government sector include Administrative Attachment to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia and Deputy Director of UNAIDS. Recent research placements include Assistant Director Research at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Research Specialist at the State Department of Consumer Affairs.

Master of Arts Degrees in Economics, Politics, and Public Policy

DPE offers several MA degree programs that help students advance their careers or prepare for doctoral studies. The MA in Economics program prepares students for a wide-range of applied analysis positions. Similarly, the MA in Politics program helps students gain the analytical, communication, and research skills necessary to excel in positions within the nation's political system.

Other MA programs include International Studies; Public Policy; Public Policy and Evaluation; Political Philosophy; American Politics; Comparative Politics; Business and Finance; Global Commerce and Finance, Politics, Economics and Business; Religion and American politics; and International Political Economy.

Doctoral Degrees Economics, Politics and Public Policy

DPE offers several doctoral programs including the PhD in Political Science that integrates methodological training, theory, and policy in politics and related disciplines. The curriculum includes study in 2 of the following areas: American politics, comparative politics, methods, political philosophy, public policy, and world politics.

The PhD in Economics program includes core courses; courses in a chosen field of study; and qualifying exams in micro and macroeconomics, as well as the writing of a dissertation.

Additionally, the inter-field PhD program in political science and economics includes core courses, a methods minor field, a political science major field, and an economics major field.

Dual Degree Programs

In conjunction with the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, DPE offers a joint PhD in Economics/Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and a joint PhD in Political Science/MBA or EMBA programs. These rigorous programs provide comprehensive study of the global economy from business and political economy viewpoints.

Accomplished Faculty Members

Faculty members at Claremont Graduate University are prolific researchers, skilled practitioners, and dedicated teachers and mentors. For Example: Paul J. Zak is professor of economics, and founding director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University. His research integrates neuroscience and economics to form a new discipline: neuroeconomics. He has written 2 books and several book chapters, as well as published articles in numerous scholarly journals.

Collaborative Research Opportunities

Research is an important component of MA and PhD programs in DPE. For example, faculty members conduct research in established disciplines such as business, economics, and public policy, as well as emerging fields such as neuroeconomics, cartel formation, Latino political engagement, and campaign rhetoric.

Faculty members and graduate students conduct cutting-edge research that broadens their perspectives and the realms of knowledge. In fact, students collaborate on research projects with each other and faculty members, which lead to joint publications in a variety of journals.

Claremont Graduate University (CGU)

Established in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is located in Claremont, California, in the western region of the United States.

It is a member of the world-renowned Claremont Colleges, a consortium of 5 undergraduate liberal arts colleges and 2 graduate institutions. CGU focuses solely on graduate-level education and offers students rigorous, exciting, and cutting-edge masters and doctoral programs.

As a member of the consortium, CGU provides students with the resources of a large university in a learning environment similar to a small college. As a result, they receive comprehensive education that includes personal attention from teachers and close interaction with fellow students.

Beauty and Charm in Claremont, California

The picturesque city of Claremont is situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains just 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

Claremont Graduate University's beautiful and welcoming campus in this quaint -- yet exciting -- town offers students the tranquility of a small town within reach of the excitement and cornucopia of attractions in one of the nation's most vibrant cities.

Location & Contact

Department of Economics

Claremont Graduate University

150 East Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711-6160
United States

Heather Campbell


Phone: 909-621-8689

Annekah Hall

Assistant Director of Admissions

Phone: 909-607-3371

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Economic Development Certificate
    • International Money And Finance Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Public Choice And Public Economics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Business And Financial Economics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Neuroeconomics And Behavioral Economics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • International And Development Economics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Political Economy And Public Policy Master of Arts (MA)
    • International Economics Policy And Development Master of Arts (MA)
    • Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Philosophy (MBA/PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 15
    • Doctoral Degrees 11
    • 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? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $80
    • Application Fee - International $80
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 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 or GMAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test or GMAT
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students142
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students142
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Full-time Percentage75%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian55%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian16%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty10
    • Full-time Percentage90%
    • Part-time Percentage10%
    • Female Percentage20%
    • Male Percentage80%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchInternational and financial economics, law and economics, regulation, public choice economics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported