The Doctoral Specialization in the Economics of Education is administered by faculty from the Education Policy Unit in the Department of Educational Administration. Students in the program take a series of doctoral-level courses in economics and education policy to provide them with expertise in econometric methods, economic theory and education policy to produce high-quality research on topics in the intersection of economics and education.
Focus on education issues
The foci of the doctoral specialization, both substantive and methodological, is built around work in the economics of education. Education issues include teacher quality, school finance, school choice and the effects of many other factors on student achievement, as well as methodological questions about the estimation of effects in correlational, quasi-experimental and experimental studies.
Who is eligible?
Enrollment in the specialization is open to students enrolled in any doctoral program at Michigan State University. While there are no formal prerequisites, students are expected to have completed undergraduate coursework in statistics, multivariate calculus and linear algebra. Specific courses may have additional requirements or prerequisites. Students who are unsure if they meet these expectations should contact the program coordinator before enrolling.
Students must complete the following with a 3.5 grade-point average in courses across the specialization (18 credits):
- Both of the following courses with a grade of 3.0 or higher in each course: (6 credits):
EC 820A – Econometrics IA (3 credits)
EC 820B – Econometrics IB (3 credits)
- One additional 3-credit graduate-level advanced statistics or econometrics course as determined by the student’s guidance committee.
- One of the following courses (3 credits):
AFRE 805 – Microeconomic Analysis (3 credits)
EC 812A – Microeconomics I (3 credits)
- Both of the following courses (6 credits):
EAD 948 – Advanced Economics of Education (3 credits)
EAD 949 – Advanced Seminar in Education Policy (3 credits)
- Complete a substantial research paper on a topic in the economics of education as approved by the student’s guidance committee.
Upon completion of all coursework and paper requirements, students must initiate an Economics of Education Completion form, used to notify the program administrators that the student has met all of the program requirements.
The student initiates the form by completing all boxes, the form is then routed by the student to their Economics of Education guidance committee member who is an active member of their doctoral committee. The student and guidance committee member must sign the form, confirming completion of the requirements. The form is then routed to the Economics of Education program secretary (their contact information is found on the form under their signatures) for final review by the Economics of Education Program Director.
If the student has completed all of the requirements, they must apply to graduate from the specialization, using the Registrar’s Office graduation application system. Application for graduation can occur at the time the specialization requirements are complete or at the same time as the student’s doctoral degree.
Applicants must be admitted to a doctoral program at Michigan State University. To apply for a specialization in Economics of Education, submit the Intent to Enroll form linked below. Once signed by the applicant and their advisor/guidance committee chairperson, the Intent to Enroll form must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be mailed to Economics of Education Doctoral Specialization Program, Erickson Hall, 620 Farm Lane, Room 402, E. Lansing, MI 48824.
Professor Scott Imberman
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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
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