International M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Economics

Designed to provide graduates with knowledge of economic theory, empirics, and policy at the highest of global academic standards, in 2013, the Department of Economics in the Graduate School of International Social Sciences established two all-English degree programs to serve a competitive pool of selected international student applicants eager to pursue careers as academic researchers, specialists or business professionals in the international arena.

Our program has two distinctive features. First, we offer a North American course-based curriculum with specializations in international economics. For student cohorts admitted to the International Ph.D. Program in Fall 2023 and onwards, specialization in data analytics will be added. Second, we also offer a policy-oriented program employing both comparative economic systems and political economy approaches.

Graduates of the M.A. Program (typically taking two years) will leave YNU with a broad, but elevated level of knowledge in economics. Together with an in-depth knowledge of domestic, regional, and international affairs in both developed and emerging economies, graduates can apply their learning to future careers; be it in government, the private sector or academia.

Graduates of the Ph.D. Program in Economics (typically three years) will have acquired skills essential towards conducting leading-edge research and publish in peer-reviewed journals and to present at international conferences. Students in the Ph.D. Program will develop particular strengths in the relevant fields of study. They will also have the opportunity to acquire high-level research skills in various methods of empirical analyses and the ability to produce policy-oriented papers to further the development of emerging economies.

Students will no longer be admitted into the International Master’s Program in Economics beginning October 2023. The Ph.D. Program seeks candidates who have already obtained the skills and knowledge in economics at a Master’s level and who have a strong motivation and the aptitude to continue studying economics at a deeper level both theoretical and empirically. After completion of their doctoral degree, graduates would typically go on (or return) to a career in academics, work at international organizations, or return to a high-level government position in their home country.


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