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Why do Graduate Study in ACE?

Positive Climate

  • Close mentoring and advising from faculty
  • A supportive, collegial, bright group of students to study with

Strong Academics

  • Rigorous core training in economic theory, econometrics, and other quantitative methods
  • Flexible field classwork – you’re not bound to take all ACE classes or only classes that traditionally go together
  • Access to courses and seminars in the departments of Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, and much more
  • Many MS theses and PhD dissertations are eventually published in high ranked journals

Professional Development and Success

  • Strong record of student job placement – students get the jobs they want
  • Three weekly seminars in ACE to learn about research at the cutting edge and practice giving talks yourself
  • Department financial support for conference travel and publication costs
  • The ACE Graduate Student Organization coordinates scholarly and social activities and provides effective communication to department officials. Grad students also serve on policy committees and help organize conferences. Leadership opportunities galore

Life is Good

  • More than 90% of students have enough funding that they don’t pay tuition
  • Great quality of life in Champaign-Urbana. All the benefits of a city (sports, music, art, food) but little traffic or crime and a low cost of living.
  • Local public schools are good for children of grad students who have families.