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At a glance

Below we provide a snapshot of our Department in the areas of diversity, quality, areas of emphasis, funding, coursework, guidance and well-being.


The Department of Economics is one of the most diverse departments in the Pacific Northwest and possibly the nation. About 42% of our faculty are women (6 women and 8 men). We are also an international department; about 42% of our faculty are foreign-born. Currently, we have faculty members from China, Bangladesh, TurkeyItaly and Greece. Learn more about the College’s student diversity here.

Department of Economics


Our Department includes nationally and internationally recognized faculty members. We are continually publishing our research in high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary academic journals. Our roster includes a Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Faculty members have been contributing authors to the National Climate Assessment Report and the 5th IPCC Assessment Report. Multiple members have received research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and NASA. According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, our university is classified as an R2 U.S. academic institution – a Doctoral University exhibiting Higher Research Activity.


We are an applied department with a microeconomics emphasis; we specialize in environmental, natural resource, health, population, urban, regional and sustainability economics.


Each academic year, we offer a total of five (5) funding opportunities: two (2) graduate fellowships with no work commitment requirement and three (3) regular graduate assistantships. The graduate assistantships come with tuition waivers.


Graduate classes at Boise State are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty members, not graduate students. A significant attention is placed on foundations of microeconomics and econometrics but students are also allowed to follow an interdisciplinary track through elective courses. Core classes are offered at noon, allowing for students who work to take them during a long lunch break. Many of the graduate elective classes are offered in the evening.


Given the small program size, graduate students have ample opportunity to interact with faculty members regarding their academic work and future careers.

Personal well-being and study-life balance

Boise offers a high quality of life – combining the amenities of a medium-sized metropolitan area and great access to the outdoors! Boise is known for its four-season climate, allowing for a wide range of recreation opportunities, and 220 sunny days a year! We believe that the following video from sums it up! Also check out the Boise Insider’s Guide created by a local company, TSheets.