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

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

Vestal, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
August 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


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

Binghamton University's Department of Economics offers 2 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 M.A. Economics (32 credits) degree program generally takes 3 semesters of full-time study. It blends theory and practice to outfit students with expertise applicable to various careers in the public and private sector.

The Ph.D. in Economics (58 credits) degree program typically requires 5 years of study, culminating in a Ph.D. seminar and dissertation. Fields of specialization are econometrics, labor economics, advanced macroeconomics, environmental economics, and development economics.

Binghamton's graduate program in economics consists of roughly 53 students at any given time, along with 26 faculty (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 includes a range of accomplished experts. Among them are Subal Kumbhakar, Solomon Polachek and Christopher L. Hanes.

Distinguished professor Subal Kumbhakar has written extensively on econometrics and the measurement of efficiency and productivity. His nearly 200 publications have investigated economies on several continents, concerning investment, growth and regulation issues. In addition, he studies prediction and forecasting methods with far-reaching applications to the business world.

Solomon Polachek is another distinguished research professor, whose interests include, labor economics, human capital and income distribution. He has worked with national and international agencies conducting research relating to policy and strategy. Professor Polachek also enjoys an affiliation with the university's political science department due to the nature of his investigations.

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.

Versatility for improved outcomes

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 East
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 9
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • 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


69% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 130
    • Accepted 90
    • Acceptance Rate 69
    • Enrolled 24
  • 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 *
    • 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 availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching 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 Students65
    • Female Percentage40%
    • Male Percentage60%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students65
    • Part-time Percentage37%
    • Full-time Percentage63%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American14%
    • White / Caucasian71%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander14%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty26
    • Full-time Percentage88%
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Female Percentage23%
    • Male Percentage77%