Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Educational Administration

Graduate Study
Graduate Specialization in Economics of Education

The Graduate Specialization in Economics of Education, which is administered by the College of Education, is designed to provide students with advanced statistical training and understanding of the application of these methods to key educational topics, with particular emphasis on use of economic methods and theories.

The specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the doctoral degree. The students program of study must be approved by the advisor for the specialization.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Economics of Education

Students must complete the following with a 3.5 grade-point average in courses across the specialization (18 credits):
1. Both of the following courses with a grade of 3.0 or higher in each course: (6 credits):
EC 820A Econometrics IA 3
EC 820B Econometrics IB 3
2. One additional 3-credit graduate-level advanced statistics or econometrics course as determined by the student’s guidance committee.
3. One of the following courses (3 credits):
AFRE 805 Microeconomic Analysis 3
EC 812A Microeconomics I 3
4. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
EAD 948 Advanced Economics of Education 3
EAD 949 Advanced Seminar in Education Policy 3
5. Complete a substantial research paper on a topic in the economics of education as approved by the student's guidance committee.