The Department of Economics is comprised of our highly-ranked Ph.D. program, our Master of Professional Studies in Applied Economics, a large undergraduate program, multiple centers, including the Maryland Center for Economics and Policy, and other communities.

The current Chair of the Department is Judith K. Hellerstein.  She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1994 and joined the Maryland faculty in 1996. She is also a faculty associate of the Maryland Population Research Center and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. The focus of much of her research is labor market outcomes across gender, race, and ethnicity.

About Our Graduate Program

The University of Maryland’s Department of Economics is ranked in the top 20 economics programs in the country in the most recent National Academy of Sciences study. The size and diversity of the faculty permits study in virtually every major theoretical and applied area of economics including advanced macro, advanced micro, comparative institutional economics, econometrics, economic development, economic history, environmental and natural resource economics, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, political economy, and public economics.

John Shea is the Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Shea received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1990 and joined the Economics Department at Maryland in 1996. He teaches graduate and undergraduate macroeconomics and his research interests include household consumption, intergenerational mobility and interindustry linkages.

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About Our Undergraduate Program

Taking economics courses is a very popular choice for undergraduates at the University of Maryland. In 2019-2020 about 1150 majors pursued a bachelor's degree in economics here, and 427 degrees were awarded. Economics courses are also taken by other majors to meet various requirements or simply because it's an interesting field of study, highly relevant to "real world" issues. Over half of the students taking economics are not currently majors in this field!

Erin Moody is the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

If you are interested in declaring economics as your major or just in perusing the different courses we offer, click on the link below to get more information.

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