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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.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 20
Doctoral Degrees 5

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

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 1.61%
Black or African American 1.61%
White or Caucasian 11%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 1.61%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 1.61%


Male (54%)
Female (45%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 25
Part-time - 0
Male (18)
Female (7)

Location & Contact

Address 4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY  13902-6000
United States
Contact Andreas Pape
Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 607-777-2660

Binghamton University, State University of New York