The Department of Economics at Western Michigan University plays a major role in enhancing basic economic understanding on campus in economics programs and through its inclusion in the curricula of other programs such as business, engineering and general education.

At the undergraduate level, the department offers several majors and a minor that equip students for employment or for further professional study.

Western Michigan University seniors may enroll into the Accelerated Graduate Degree Program to begin accumulating as much as 12 credits (four courses) toward the completion of a master's degree while completing their bachelor's degree. Students pay the undergraduate tuition rates for these courses.

At the graduate level, the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees prepare students for careers as professional economists in both academic and nonacademic settings.


The Department of Economics is now seeking to hire an Assistant/Associate Professor.  For more information or to apply, please use this link,

Congratulations to Dr. Dweepobotee Brahma, 2019 Ph.D. graduate, who won the Google India Research Award 2021

Announcing our  Online Economics minor. Many courses meet WMU Gen Ed and Western Essential Studies requirements.

Congratulations to Thomas Weinandy, who won first place in the Three Minute Thesis competition at Western Michigan University.

Congratulations to our Alumni Achievement Award recipient for 2020, Paul Carlson CFA, who is a Sr. Investment Specialist at Old National Bank.  Paul graduated in 1987 from Western Michigan University with a BA in Economics.

Congratulations to Wei-Chiao Huang, Economics Department Chair, for being nominated and selected as a 2019 "Distinguished Service Award" recipient.  

Congratulations to our Alumni Achievement Award recipient for 2019, Sonila Beliu, who is a managing director at J.P. Morgan Chase.  Sonila graduated in 2015 from Western Michigan University with a Ph.D. in Applied Economics.

Congratulations to Thomas Weinandy, Ph.D. Candidate, on receiving 1st place in the Best Graduate Paper in Economics by the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists Annual Meeting.  

Dr. Dweepobotee Brahma, 2019 Ph.D. graduate, was featured in an article through WMU news about her career after WMU.