May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog


Philip Gayle, Head
Lance Bachmeier, Director of Graduate Studies

327 Waters Hall
Fax: 785-532-6919

Program description

The Department of Economics offers graduate programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The M. A. degree can be completed in one to two years, and course work for the Ph.D. degree can be completed in three years. The Ph.D. degree also requires passage of preliminary examinations and the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

The graduate program in economics provides a strong foundation in macroeconomic theory, microeconomic theory, and quantitative analysis. In addition, it offers course work by nationally recognized scholars in such fields as development economics, econometrics, urban and regional economics, international economics, industrial organization, labor economics, and monetary theory and policy. Advanced course work and secondary fields are also available in agricultural economics, computer science, finance, mathematics, political science, statistics, regional planning, and other disciplines.

Financial assistance

Graduate research and teaching assistantships provide apprenticeship experiences for future teachers and researchers. Graduate research assistants work with faculty researchers on grant projects. There are two types of graduate teaching assistants: those who teach their own course and those who assist others by grading exams, proctoring, and carrying out other assignments. Teaching assistants may receive full waiver of tuition. In addition, the department offers  supplemental awards: the Carroll B. Greene Fellowship, to the outstanding female graduate student, the M. Jarvin Emerson Memorial Scholarship to a top doctoral student, the John Nordin Award for outstanding performance in economic theory, the Ed Bagley Fellowship to an outstanding graduate student, and annual departmental awards for teaching and the best research paper.



Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Arts