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Joint Programs

Business Economics

The Joint PhD degree in Business and Economics is an interdisciplinary degree with the Ross School of Business. Students in the program complete the required courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, statistics and econometrics along with specialized courses in business economics.  The program provides a comprehensive perspective on microeconomics and its application to issues pertaining to the conduct and performance of business in the US and around the world. For more about the program, please visit the full website here.

Public Policy & Economics

The Joint PhD Program in Economics and Public Policy is a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan's departments of Economics and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Analogous to the joint degree with business, students in the program complete the required courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, statistics and econometrics. In addition to these courses, first and second year students attend a biweekly seminar series that is intended to introduce students to applied policy research early in their doctoral career. Joint students will select public policy as their second field of specialization. For more about the joint degree in Public Policy, please visit the full website here.

Social Work

For many decades, the Department of Economics and the School of Social Work have offered an interdisciplinary degree in Economics and Social Work. Students in the program complete the required coursework in economics, but will also become a member of a select group of outstanding scholars and researchers who study issues related to the challenges of social work. Joint PhD students reflect the populations they serve and address society’s challenging issues through scientifically rigorous social and behavioral research. For more information, please click here.

Individually Interdependent Degree Program (IIDP)

In addition to the established dual degrees mentioned above, students have the option of creating an Individually Interdepartmental Degree program (IIDP), also known as the Student Initiated Degree Program (SIDP), with other programs at the University of Michigan. For information about this option, please see the Rackham Website. Please also view our Economics IIDP Policy Guide Sheet for departmental requirements.