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, almost 150 alumni have entered PhD programs.  Placements in top Economics programs include UC-Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, Minnesota, Boston University, UC-Davis, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Virginia (among 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 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.