Study abroad

The Wayne State University Department of Economics actively reaches out to universities worldwide to establish joint programs allowing students from these universities to earn a master of arts degrees in economics. Wayne State University, and it's home city of Detroit Michigan are both strong in international residents and students. Detroit, known as the Motor City, has a global orientation and students prize their exposure to other students from around the world.


Our oldest cooperative program is with Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. This exchange agreement has brought dozens of German Master of Arts students to Wayne State over multiple decades. Students usually come well qualified in math, statistics, and economics and have already completed their Bachelor's degree; some have completed their coursework toward an M.A. or M.B.A. before arriving on our campus. They complete their Wayne State M.A. in just two semesters. Wayne State has agreed to accept up to five students per year who pay Wayne State's in-state tuition rate.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Program

The department participates in a special program to train graduate students from the Universities of Nuremberg and Augsburg in Germany. Under a program known as the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), high-quality students normally spend one year receiving intensive training in the M.A. program.

For more information contact our director of graduate programs, Dr. Allen C. Goodman.


The economics department recently re-negotiated a cooperative program with Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), located in Paris, France. This exchange agreement allows up to five students each year to attend Wayne State University and obtain the master of arts degree in economics in one or two years, depending on individual students needs, capabilities, and preferences. Students who come from Paris II have a strong theoretical and mathematical background, with bachelor's degrees in economics and often substantial coursework toward their economics master's degree. Wayne State has agreed to accept up to five students per year who pay Wayne State's in-state tuition rate.


The newest addition to Wayne State's economics exchange programs is Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Zhongnan University is China's top-ranked economics university. This "3+2" exchange program provides a unique opportunity for Chinese students to obtain both a bachelor's degree from their home university and a master's degree from Wayne State in just five years. Students take their first three years at Zhongnan and come to Wayne State in the fall of their fourth year in university. During their first semester, they take intermediate economics and get accustomed to English-language instruction. Students who maintain a B average in intermediate economics can progress in the winter semester into the M.A. program and earn their B.A. from their home university at the end of the winter semester. If they make normal progress, students can expect to finish their M.A. degree in less than two years of school in the U.S. Not only do they get rigorous training in economics in the U.S. but they also get six years of education completed in just five years.

View the China cooperation agreement