The Department of Economics at Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers a . in Economics that allows students to conduct research in a wide variety of economics subject areas. Both theory- and applications-based training opportunities are available. In addition to research and teaching, students participate in weekly workshops in subjects such as international economics, econometrics, and industrial organization, among others. Although the final award is a ., students also earn a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy along the way. Columbia was ranked #10 on . News & World Report 's most recent rankings of graduate-level economics programs (2013).
This program is designed to be completed in three years but can be modified with approval from the department chairperson. The program offers an integrated and seamless progression through courses that requires a one-step enrollment process for the entire program. Courses are taken with a cohort of fellow students, which develops into an action learning team that incorporates the leadership knowledge and experience of both faculty and students. Terms are normally 11 weeks in length and include a blend of classroom and online sessions. Classes meet at IWU's Indianapolis (North) Education Center three Saturdays of each term, with summer residencies held on the main campus in Marion, Indiana, for eight days each July and followed by nine weeks of online discussion forums.