Welcome to Economics at UIC!

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The Department of Economics offers undergraduate (BA), master’s (MA in Economics and MA in Applied Economics) and doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in economics. We are home to roughly 200 undergraduate students and 70 graduate students, and our courses are open to all UIC students regardless of the college in which they are enrolled.

Consistent with the mission of UIC, our graduate programs focus on applied economics with considerable strengths in health economics, the economics of education, urban/public economics, and international economics. Our accomplished faculty are distinguished in their areas of expertise, have outstanding records of scholarly publications, and often consult with government agencies, NGOs and private corporations.

The department also promotes excellence in teaching economics in high schools, colleges and universities throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area through the activities of the Center for Economic Education and the Certificate in Teaching Economics. A dedicated staff supports all aspects of department work.

  • New Seminar Schedule for Spring 2020

    The Department of Economics will host weekly seminars on Wednesdays and select Fridays throughout the Spring 2020 semester.  For a detailed schedule, please visit Seminars page.

  • Information on Classes, Spring 2020


    • We are delighted to welcome our new Assistant Professor, Jacob A. Robbins, to UIC. This semester Prof. Robbins will teach Econ 511, Macroeconomic Theory I, and Econ 537, Time Series Econometrics. Find out more about Prof. Robbins on his faculty profile.
  • MA in Applied Economics Program

    The Economics Department is excited to offer an MA in Applied Economics program. This accelerated three-semester program (summer, fall, spring) will prepare students for a Ph.D. program in economics or a career that requires rigorous training in applied economic analysis and quantitative methods. Neither extensive mathematics preparation nor an undergraduate major in economics is required for admission.

  • New Courses

    Econ department now offers courses on education, health, history and law and economics that require only Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 120) as a prerequisite.

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