Levy Economics Institute Graduate Programs in Economic Theory and Policy
bard.edu/levygradThe Levy Economics Institute of Bard College offers a one-year master of arts degree and a two-year master of science degree in economic theory and policy. Both programs are designed to meet the preprofessional needs of undergraduates in economics and related fields. These innovative programs draw on the expertise of select Bard College faculty and scholars of the Levy Economics Institute, an economic policy research institute with more than 30 years of public policy research experience.
Led by Jan Kregel, director of research, the programs’ curricula emphasize theoretical and empirical aspects of economic policy analysis through specialization in one of the main research areas of the Levy Institute: macroeconomic theory, policy, and modeling; monetary policy and financial structure; distribution of income, wealth, and well-being; gender equality and time poverty; and employment and labor markets. Small class sizes encourage a close mentoring relationship between student and instructor, and all students participate in a graduate research practicum at the Levy Institute.
The master of science program offers a 3+2 dual-degree option for undergraduates, in which students earn both a BA and the MS in five years. Through a 4+1 path, undergraduates who majored in fields other than economics have the opportunity to continue their education with a distinctive master of arts in economic theory and policy.