Master of Science in Economics and Computation (MSEC) Program

MSEC Program CS Contacts

Vincent Conitzer

Landon Cox

Marilyn Butler
Graduate Program Coordinator

The MSEC degree is a joint master's program of the Departments of Economics and Computer Science. The joint field of economics and computation has recently emerged from two converging intellectual needs, which has created the opportunity for a truly interdisciplinary program.

The MSEC program is the outcome of exciting developments across the two fields:

  • Computer science is becoming increasingly important for economists addressing complex questions using large repositories of data;
  • The explosion of computer uses in all areas of life has made it necessary for computer scientists to understand the economics of computing systems; and,
  • Computer scientists may now also analyze informational and financial transactions between people, businesses, governments, and electronic agents in economic terms.

Information for Prospective Students

In contrast to the master's programs at many universities, Duke graduate students regularly take courses alongside students from other departments. MSEC students will take courses with PhD students in Economics, Computer Science, and other programs such as Statistics and Business. This flexibility allows students to cover more advanced material in the classroom and engage in more significant research. The Sample Course Selections document outlines the likely course sequences that will be appropriate for incoming students with different backgrounds.

MSEC seeks a group of applicants who exhibit diversity in their backgrounds, nationalities, experiences, and areas of interest. Individualized programs of study allow students with distinct yet complementary skills and goals to pursue unique areas of interest. Numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research are possible through connections with scholars at the Fuqua School of Business, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and the Sanford School of Public Policy, as well as other departments, institutes, government agencies, and local universities.

Because MSEC graduates study sophisticated computational and analytical tools beyond the level covered in undergraduate and professional schools, they have a distinct advantage when proceeding to PhD programs and other careers featuring quantitative analysis and forecasting.

More information is available on the Duke Economics site