This program has opened up so many opportunities. I’m really grateful to be a part of it!

— Rashad Dixon, Class of 2022

Graduates have had great success in finding opportunities for further study, research, or work after completion of the MA program.

PhD Placements

Since our program’s beginning in 2013-2014, approximately 150 alumni have entered PhD programs.  Placements in top Economics programs include

  • UC-Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, Minnesota, Cornell, Duke, Boston University, UC-Davis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Virginia, and many others
  • Seventeen have been admitted to continue on into our own program at UT-Austin.

Students have also found success placing into PhD programs in related disciplines including:

  • Harvard University (Health Policy, Public Health, Political Economy and Government)
  • MIT (Finance)
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Health Care Management and Economics)
  • Stanford University (Accounting)
  • The Harris School of the University of Chicago (Public Policy)
  • UC-Berkeley (Accounting, Agricultural & Resource Economics)
  • UCLA (Marketing)
  • Vanderbilt University (Law and Economics)

For a full listing of PhD placements by cohort, please see here.

Careers in the Private, Public, and Non-Profit Sectors

Our alumni have also been employed in a range of positions and industries, so there’s opportunity to find the best fit for your skills, abilities, and passions. Typical outcomes include work in the following areas:

Economics/Management Consulting and Economics Litigation

  • McKinsey, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Guidehouse, Cornerstone, NERA, Demand Side Analytics, Native, EmployStats, Welch Consulting, Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Policy and Government

  • US Government: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation (Volpe Center), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Public Policy Institutes: Center for Public Policy Priorities (now, “EveryTexan”), Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation @ University of Washington, Public Policy Research Institute @ Texas A&M

Tech Industry, Data Analytics, and Pricing

  • Facebook, Uber, Amazon, Google, Box, QCue, American Airlines, Keller-Williams Realty,, Airbnb

Banking and Finance

  • Bank of America, Citadel, GM Financial, WisdomTree Asset Management, Lenox Park Solutions, the Federal Reserve Bank System (Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Richmond)

For a list of all placements, see here.