The Economics Department at San José State University has one core mission: to train both graduate and undergraduate students in the economic way of thinking and market process. Our internationally recognized faculty will guide your exploration of economic theory, equipping you with the analytical decision-making skills to prepare you to succeed in careers in business, public policy, government service, data management, as well as providing a solid foundation for future doctoral studies in economics.

Undergraduate Programs

At the undergraduate level, we offer both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees, as well as an Economics minor. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree is designed for those who plan to study economics at the graduate level, or to find jobs working as an economist or in closely related fields. Starting Fall 2022, the Economics B.S. Program is classified as a STEM major. An economics minor is a great addition for any major.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

At the graduate level, we offer an MA program in Economics, with an optional concentration in Applied Economics. Because we offer a terminal Masters degree program, we are uniquely equipped to prepare students to face the business world. Our MA program allows you and your academic advisor to tailor a course of study to fits your need, and our MA program in Applied Economics is custom tailored to prepare you for applied careers.

Graduate Programs

Admitted Spartan Day

Saturday, April 13, 2024. College of Social Sciences welcome newly admitted students with Advising and Department Open Houses.

Faculty and Staff

Visit the Economics faculty and staff page which includes the econ directory for contact info, faculty office hours and links to their web page (if available). You will also find links to faculty publications and the Faculty in the News page


The Department of Economics administers undergraduate minors and majors B.A., B.S. degrees, plus graduate level academic programs leading to M.A., M.A. Applied degrees.

Student Resources

A variety of resources for current students including advising information, forms, course syllabi, course schedules, and more.


The Economics Department is proud to offer several opportunities for students to: engage in research or teaching projects, earn credit for work in an economic-related field through internships, or travel to professional and academic conferences. Learn about our programs, including scholarships, awards and honors.


Students at San José State University also have the opportunity to participate in research Economic Workshops and seminars, as well as attend our Provocative Lecture Series

Faculty holding a SEEL banner on the day the lab opened.

SEEL Econ Lab

The Spartan Experimental Economics Lab (SEEL) at San José State University is a state-of-the-art lab committed to the rigorous exploration of a diverse set of economic and social sciences topics.