50 Best Economics Schools

Study.com recognized the 50 best economics schools in the country to help you find the perfect economics degree for you. We compared the qualify of economics education and the unique features and opportunities offered to economics students; and Study.com's rankings emphasize accessibility and affordability to bring you outstanding choices for an economics degree.

1. Virginia Military Institute

At Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, you can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business or a minor in economics. If you're interested in research, VMI also offers an honors option for undergraduates, through which you can conduct your own economics research under the supervision of VMI faculty. Additionally, the institute hosts a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society, and has an internship coordinator to help you find practical experience opportunities.

2. St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City offers a major and minor in economics. More than half of St. Mary's students study abroad, whether on a semester- or year-long experience. The school's location near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore opens up promising opportunities for economics internships. St. Mary's also features a capstone program that allows you to work one-on-one with a professor to research a topic of your choosing.

3. Wabash College

Located in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Wabash College features a bachelor's degree program in economics, as well as a minor. If you hope to eventually work as a certified public accountant (CPA), Wabash has partnered with Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington to give an advantage to Wabash economics graduates seeking admission to IU's Master of Science in Accounting program. Wabash also presents the annual Rogge Memorial Lecture in economics; past speakers have included Douglass C. North, James M. Buchanan Jr. and George Stigler, all Nobel Laureates in Economics.

4. Albion College

You can choose from an economics major, a mathematics/economics major, or an economics and management major at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. This school also offers economics and management bachelor's degrees with an emphasis in human resources or international business and economics, as well as a minor in economics. You'll find numerous extracurricular activities at Albion, including a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an Economics and Management Investment Club, and a Fed Challenge team that takes part in a national macroeconomic policy competition.

5. Hendrix College

Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, offers an economics bachelor's degree, along with an economics and business degree and a minor in economics. If you want to become a CPA, you can also pursue a Master of Arts in Accounting at Hendrix. This college features multiple ways to learn about economics outside the classroom, including seminars, roundtable discussions, internships and undergraduate research opportunities.

6. Covenant College

At Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, you can pursue a major or minor in economics. The college also offers a major and minor in community development that focus heavily on the economics of poverty, particularly at the community level. Additionally, Covenant is home to the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, an educational and research institute that offers a unique opportunity for students to help develop economic models aimed at transforming poor communities, both economically and spiritually.

7. Knox College

Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, offers research opportunities for its undergraduate economics students through senior seminars and independent study, as well as honors projects. The college also offers economics majors the chance to study abroad at the University of Copenhagen or London School of Economics. You could also take part in Knox's 10-week StartUp program, where you'll work alongside other students and faculty members to gain practical experience building a business from the ground up.

8. Hanover College

The economics department at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, gives economics majors a broad perspective on the field, examining topics like wealth and poverty, recession, stock markets and taxes. As a Hanover student, you'll have the opportunity to explore economic impacts firsthand through service opportunities, as well as domestic and international travel with faculty members.

9. University of Oregon

As an economics student in the undergraduate honors program at the University of Oregon in Eugene, you'll work with nonprofit and government agencies to gain practical experience in the field. The university also offers master's and doctoral degree programs in various economics specialties, including applied econometrics, environmental economics, experimental economics, game theory, labor economics and more. Additionally, the university is home to the Oregon Economic Forum, which presents an annual economics conference and publishes various economic indicators.

10. SUNY at Albany

You'll find numerous options to study economics at the University at Albany, a part of the State University of New York system that's renowned for its economics research. At the undergraduate level, the university's Department of Economics offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs, along with a minor, while graduate students can pursue a Master of Arts or Ph.D. in Economics, as well as a graduate certificate in economic forecasting. There's also a combined B.S.-M.A. program that allows students to earn both degrees in a shorter timeframe.

11. Illinois College

Undergraduate economics majors at Illinois College in Jacksonville can choose from four tracks: entrepreneurial, quantitative, political economy or managerial economics. Additionally, as an economic student at Illinois College, you're guaranteed an internship. You'll also have the opportunity to explore differences in economics through the college's BreakAway trips to domestic and international locales. The college also offers minors in economics and entrepreneurship.

12. Lake Forest College

At Lake Forest College in Illinois, undergraduate students can pursue a major or minor in economics, in addition to research opportunities in the field. One advantage of this school is its location in the Chicago metropolitan area, allowing for internships with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the City of Chicago, as well as numerous large corporations in the city.

13. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

At the undergraduate level, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst allows you to choose from concentrations in environmental and natural resource economics or managerial economics in its Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics program. A minor in resource economics is also available. Additionally, the university offers a Ph.D. in Economics program; a Master of Arts in Economics can be earned in conjunction with this doctoral program but is not available on its own. Both undergraduate and graduate economics students at UMass-Amherst can take part in experiments and research through the university's Experimental Economics Program.

14. Austin College

In addition to its undergraduate economics major, Austin College in Sherman, Texas, offers an innovative policy, politics and economics (PPE) program that allows you to major in economics, philosophy or political science while earning minor concentrations in the other two. Students also have the option of completing a bachelor's degree program in international economics and finance. Austin College has numerous practical learning opportunities through its Economics and Business Administration Department, which features a student-managed investment fund and product and retail labs.

15. Ripon College

At this college in Ripon, Wisconsin, you can pursue a major or minor in economics or in teaching economics. The teaching major prepares you for certification to teach economics to students in grades 6 through 12. You also might opt to take part in Ripon's Liberal Arts in Focus program, which allows for academic immersion experiences around the globe.

16. Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, offers a major and a minor in economics. Students at this women's college can take part in the Women's Bridge to Business program, a collaborative effort with the Georgia Institute of Technology aimed at exposing female college students to post-graduation opportunities in the business field. Agnes Scott also hosts a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society.

17. University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Doctoral candidates can choose from several fields of study, including international economics, macroeconomics and monetary economics, microeconomic theory and public economics, among others. Undergraduate economics students can enhance their learning through participation in student organizations, like the Economics Student Association, the Global Economic Forum and Women in Economics, or by writing and/or researching for Equilibrium, the university's undergraduate economics journal.

18. Lycoming College

There are three tracks to choose from for economics majors at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; these include managerial economics, general economics and quantitative economics. The college's Institute for Management Studies can help you secure an internship in the junior or senior year of your program, while the Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences can help you find other enrichment opportunities, like study abroad and research experiences.

19. Gustavus Adolphus College

This college in Saint Peter, Minnesota, offers undergraduate majors in economic analysis and financial economics, as well as an economics minor. Extracurricular opportunities for economics students include the Gustavus Finance Club, Gustavaus Women in Leadership, and the Investment Club, which allows students to gain real-word experience with the stock market.

20. North Central College

North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, features Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs in economics. You can also pursue an economics minor at North Central. In addition to its own NCC Bulls & Bears Finance Club and Invisible Hand Economics Association, this college has chapters of national economics groups, including Omicron Delta Epsilon and Enactus.

21. Michigan State University

At Michigan State University in East Lansing, undergraduate economics majors can pick from more than 10 areas of emphasis, including economic systems, development, and health and welfare. The university also offers a Ph.D. in Economics program that allows you to begin your doctoral research in year two of your studies, meaning most students can earn their doctorate within five years. Each summer, graduate economics students have the opportunity to take part in ESTIMATE, a training program in econometrics that allows them to interact with experts in the field.

22. University of Detroit Mercy

The University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan has numerous options for undergraduate and graduate students looking to study economics. At its McNichols Campus in Detroit, the university features bachelor's degree programs, minors and master's degree programs in economics and financial economics, as well as 5-year bachelor's to master's programs in these same fields. The university also offers bachelor's and master's degrees in financial economics, a master's degree program in economics, and a 3+1+1 bachelor's-to-master's program in financial economics (three years of associate's studies and one year each of bachelor's and master's studies) at its Macomb University Center in nearby Clinton Township.

23. Principia College

At Principia College is Elsah, Illinois, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Economics or minor in the field. The school sponsors annual Public Affairs and International Perspectives Conferences that economics students are encouraged to help organize and run. Additionally, Principia promotes participation in study abroad programs as a way to engage in individual research.

24. Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, is home to a Bachelor of Arts in Economics program. You also can pursue an economics minor or a concentration in mathematical economics. Outside the classroom, you can join the Economics and Finance Club or the university's chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon. Students also are encouraged to take part in service, research and study abroad opportunities, including a renewable energy course offered in Germany and Switzerland.

25. University of Colorado Boulder

As an economics bachelor's student at the University of Colorado Boulder, you can choose an emphasis in environmental and natural resources economics, international economics, public economics or quantitative economics. The university also offers an undergraduate economics minor. On the graduate level, you can earn a Ph.D. in Economics in one of several specialized fields, such as economic history, industrial organization or international trade and finance. This school is home to the McGuire Center for International Studies, which supports international economics research and sponsors the International Economics Seminar Series.

26. University of California-Santa Cruz

The University of California-Santa Cruz Economics Department offers a minor in economics along with five bachelor's degree programs, including individual majors in economics, business management economics and global economics and combined majors in economics/mathematics and environmental studies/economics. Graduate-level programs include a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Finance and a Ph.D. in Economics. As a UC-Santa Cruz student, you'll also have access to numerous extracurricular groups aimed at boosting your skills and knowledge in business and economics, including the University Economics Association, the Slug Fund Investment Group and the Gesher Group, a student-run investing and consulting group.

27. University of Utah

Undergraduate economics students at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City can choose an emphasis in business economics and analytics or statistical analysis. The university also offers core clusters in the areas of business, pre-law and public policy that can help you determine your future career goals in the field of economics. Additionally, the Department of Economics offers Master of Science and Master of Arts programs in economics, a Master of Statistics in Econometrics and a Ph.D. in Economics.

28. Houghton College

At this Christian college in Houghton, New York, undergraduates can choose to focus in economics as part of their bachelor's degree in business administration program. Houghton also offers a minor in economics. As a Houghton student, you can broaden your cultural and academic horizons by taking part in a study abroad program; opportunities are available in more than 20 countries. Additionally, the school offers a 4+1 program for business students who wish to pursue an MBA at one of the schools that offers transfer agreements.

29. University of Delaware

In addition to bachelor's degree programs in economics and economic education, the University of Delaware in Newark has accelerated bachelor's/master's programs in economics and in mathematics/economics that allow you to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree in just five years. The university also has traditional master's programs in economics, economics and applied economics, and economics and entrepreneurship, as well as a dual master's in economics and Master of Business Administration program. On the doctoral level, you can pursue a Ph.D. in Economics or a Ph.D. in Economic Education.

30. Saint Norbert College

General economics and economics teaching majors are offered at Saint Norbert College, a Catholic college in De Pere, Wisconsin. You also can complete an economics minor at the undergraduate level, and Saint Norbert has a collaboration with Marquette University through which you can earn a Master of Science in Applied Economics with just one additional year of study. Economics students at Saint Norbert have the opportunity to work alongside faculty and community members through the college's Center for Business and Economic Analysis.

31. Westminster College

You can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Economics, or pursue a minor in the field, at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students in the Bachelor of Arts program also can opt to undertake a pre-law concentration. All three bachelor's programs in economics at Westminster place strong emphasis on international economics, thanks in part to several faculty members who hail from foreign countries.

32. George Mason University

This Fairfax, Virginia, school offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs in economics. Both feature a concentration option in philosophy, politics and economics, while the Bachelor of Science program also offers a concentration option in managerial economics. You also can pursue a minor in economics or in economic systems design at George Mason. At the graduate level, your study options include a Master of Arts in Economics, an accelerated Master of Arts in Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics. The university has several research centers, including the Center for the Study of Public Choice and the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, that offer students opportunities for research and enrichment.

33. Rutgers University-New Brunswick

At its New Brunswick campus, Rutgers University has several undergraduate options in economics, including a major and minor, along with certificate programs in financial economics, global economics, public policy economics and economic theory, along with a multi-departmental certificate program in philosophy, politics and economics. Rutgers also offers Master of Arts and Ph.D. programs in economics. Undergraduate and graduate economics students can take part in research and workshops through Rutger's Center for Economic Behavior, Institutions and Design.

34. University of Iowa

The University of Iowa's Bachelor of Business Administration program in economics, offered through the Tippie College of Business, features analytical, policy and business tracks. You also can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Economics through the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. At the graduate level, you'll find a Ph.D. in Economics program in the business school. Scholars and economists from across the country come to this Iowa City school annually to take part in the Clarence Tow Lectures.

35. University of Vermont

A senior year research project is a hallmark of both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Economics programs at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The university hosts a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in economics, and most economics students at the University of Vermont gain practical experience through an internship or study abroad venture before they graduate.

36. Canisius College

Undergraduate economics students at this Buffalo, New York, college can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. A minor in economics is also available. During your senior year, you might enroll in the Golden Griffin Fund, a course aimed at investment management that gives students hands-on experience with stocks and equities. You can also sign up for the Economics & Finance Club, the Canisius Entrepreneurs organization or the Canisius International Business Association, among other extracurricular clubs and organizations.

37. Augustana College

Most economics majors at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, opt to double major in a field like mathematics, accounting or business administration. The college also offers an economics minor. As an Augustana student, you'll have the opportunity to take part in the annual Business Day, which allows you to job shadow at one of hundreds of local companies. Additionally, 90% of business students at this school complete internships during their studies. Augustana features business and investment clubs to further enrich your economics education.

38. Earlham College

As an economics major at this Richmond, Indiana, college, you'll complete a senior capstone thesis in your final semester, culminating in a public presentation of your independent research. You also might have the opportunity to study economics in London, England. In addition to its bachelor's degree program in economics, Earlham offers an economics minor.

39. University at Buffalo

As an undergraduate at this New York university, you can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Economics or a joint major in economics/mathematics or economics/geography, as well as an economics minor. The graduate program also has multiple options, including a Master of Arts in Economics, a Master of Science in Econometric and Quantitative Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics, along with an advanced certificate in applied economics. Graduate students can join the Economics Graduate Student Association, which plans socio-cultural events for the Department of Economics.

40. Colorado State University-Fort Collins

The Department of Economics at Colorado State University's Fort Collins campus offers an undergraduate major and minor in economics, along with Master of Arts and Ph.D. programs. As an undergraduate student, you can join the CSU chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, Undergraduate Women in Economics or the Econ Club. Graduate economics students have numerous options for professional development, including the Department of Economics' Seminar Series, which features CSU graduate students and faculty, along with visiting economists.

41. Miami University-Oxford

Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics through its College of Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics through its Farmer School of Business. A minor in economics is also available. On the graduate level, you can purse a Master of Economics through the business school. This university also offers a combined bachelor's/master's program in economics that can be completed in just four years.

42. Indiana University-Bloomington

As an undergraduate student at Indiana University's Bloomington campus, you'll find several degree options in economics, including a Bachelor of Arts in Economics as well as interdepartmental bachelor's programs in economics and math and in economics and political science. You also can choose up to two concentration areas, like financial and monetary economics, strategic interaction, or advanced computation/econometric tools. Additionally, IU-Bloomington offers undergraduate minors in international economics, economics, and economics and political science. On the graduate level, degree programs in economics include a Master of Arts, Master of Science and Ph.D.

43. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

At its main campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh offers bachelor's degree programs in economics, economics/statistics, economics/business and economics/mathematics, along with a minor in economics. At the graduate level, you'll find a Ph.D. program in economics. This university is home to the Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory, a research center for faculty and graduate students. Students can also benefit from the economics departments' seminar series, which covers applied microeconomics, econometrics, experimental economics, international economics, macroeconomics and economic theory.

44. Clemson University

Clemson University offers undergraduates the unique experience of earning dual bachelor's degrees in economics from Clemson and the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium through the Transatlantic Exchange in Economics program, which includes two semesters of studying abroad. If you'd rather stay stateside, the university also offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs in economics at its South Carolina campus, as well as a combined bachelor's/master's program in the field. Graduate students at Clemson can pursue a Master of Arts or a Ph.D. in Economics.

45. Hood College

Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an economics minor through its George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business. As an economics major at Hood, you can choose to concentrate in international economics or political economy. This program emphasizes the benefits of studying abroad, engaging in undergraduate research and completing an internship.

46. Augustana University

Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offers economics majors the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research in the field. This school also offers minors in economics and actuarial science. Economics students at Augustana are encouraged to interact with faculty members through the university's chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, which recognizes academic excellence in economics.

47. University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington's location in Fredericksburg, Virginia, makes it a prime choice for students seeking economics internships in nearby Washington, D.C. UMW features an undergraduate major and minor in economics and offers two related organizations for students: the Economics Club and a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon. It also hosts the Center for Economic Education, which fosters economics education statewide.

48. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, Wesleyan University features Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs in economics, as well as an economics minor. As an undergraduate at this university, you can enrich your academic experience by participating in Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda or the Student Investment Group, which manages the Nebraska Wesleyan University Endowment.

49. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Commonly known as simply Virginia Tech, this Blacksburg university offers a major and minor in economics through its College of Science. Additionally, you can pursue a Ph.D. in Economics at Virginia Tech. Offered jointly through the university's Department of Economics and its Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the doctoral program is an example of Virginia Tech's strong emphasis on interdisciplinary work.

50. Loras College

This Catholic college in Dubuque, Iowa, features a Bachelor of Arts in Economics program, along with a minor in economics. This program falls under the Francis J. Noonan School of Business, which opened in the Fall 2018 semester with a goal of teaching students best business practices and ethical decision-making skills. Loras offers annual scholarships specifically for economics students as well as several co-curricular groups, such as the student-run Loras college Economics club.