SMU Department of Economics

Economics is the science which studies how individuals, governments, firms and nations make choices on allocating scarce resources to create value in society.

Economics at SMU

The Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University is highly ranked among economics departments in the United States and offers comprehensive coverage of the major fields in modern economics. In the latest (2006) study of 118 PhD granting economics departments in the US by the National Research Council, our department had a mean rank of 11 in research productivity per faculty.

Economics is the most popular undergraduate major in Dedman College and is generally the second largest major in the university. The undergraduate program in Economics emphasizes rigorous education in modern methods of economic analysis.

The department has been at the forefront of graduate education at SMU. The Ph.D. program in Economics is over 55 years old and was the first Ph.D. program in the university. It has a strong national reputation and an excellent placement record in both academic and non-academic positions.

We also offer multiple Master’s degrees that emphasize strong training in quantitative techniques of economic and econometric analysis and are geared towards business and government professionals.

The department is located in the third floor of the Umphrey Lee Center.

What's New?

  • October 2015

    Hegi Family Career Center

    Networking Event

    In partnership with the Career Center, the Economics Department hosted its first networking event for students and alumni on October 21. Students talked with recent graduates about career opportunities for Economics majors.

  • Fall 2015

    New Faculty

    Elira Kuka

    The SMU Department of Economics is pleased to welcome Elira Kuka as the newest Assistant Professor in the Department.

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    January 2015

    Upcoming Book Release

    From the Dismal Science to the Moral Science

    Mona Hersh-Cochran, the first female Ph.D. graduate of economics at SMU, along with her collegues, Susan Dadres (a fellow Ph.D. graduate of economics at SMU) and David Molina, collected and published articles of her late husband, Kendall Cochran, in a book focused on the moral obligation of economists to provide policy recommendations consistent with a social agenda of fairness and opportunity.  Learn more...