2017 Top Master's in Economics Schools

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Six schools received ratings from current and former students that were high enough to qualify for this list of the top schools offering a master's degree in economics. In the number one spot is the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, which earned a Student Score of 86.99, with 100% of respondents stating that they would recommend the program. Following closely in second place, Brown University received an 85.45, with 93% of students saying that they would recommend this program. Cornell University, Harvard University, University of California - Los Angeles, and Duke University complete the list.

Reviewers of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities commented on the quality of the professors, with one student saying the the teachers usually have an “open door policy” and that they “are very interested in listening to and helping to shape [their students'] ideas.” Other reviewers remarked on the community of students, saying that there is a “feeling of 'we are in this together,'” which helps students to succeed in the program. Click on the names of the universities listed below to find out more about the impressive schools on our list.

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Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Location Minneapolis (MN) 2017 Student Score 86.99
#2 #2 Brown University Campus Location Providence (RI) 2017 Student Score 85.45
#3 #3 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2017 Student Score 84.87
#4 #4 Cornell University Campus Location Ithaca (NY) 2017 Student Score 84.80
#5 #5 University of California - Los Angeles Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 78.81
#6 #6 Duke University Campus Location Durham (NC) 2017 Student Score 76.02


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.