The STEM designation allows international students to obtain three years of Optional Practical Training in order to work in the U.S. private sector. For more information on the OPT STEM, visit the International Student and Scholar Services website.
The core and elective curriculum provides a strong background in econometric methods for doing empirical work with large administrative data sets.
For the areas of specialization, a variety of courses in applied microeconomics and applied macroeconomics.
The courses are taught by the best instructors from the department's regular faculty.
Students have access to courses in other professional master’s programs on campus, particularly Finance and Statistics.
For the core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, and econometrics, four teaching assistants, chosen from the best Ph.D. students, provide discussion sections, office hours, and some tutoring.
The Ph.D. Track allows well-prepared students to take the Ph.D. core courses over two years and transfer into the Ph.D. program after graduating from the MSPE Program and passing the Ph.D. qualifying exams. Offering Ph.D. level courses as substitutes for certain master's level courses.
The MSPE office has a lounge for students to take lunch and coffee breaks between classes.
The distinguished alumni include ministers of finance, governors of central banks, directors of government agencies, senior economists in the public and private sectors, professors, and successful entrepreneurs.