This Masters is part of the Hunter and African School Program to Expand Representation in Economics (HASPERE), a collaborative initiative between the two schools that aims at training and mentoring talented Black and other minority students. The program is designed to prepare them for acceptance and success in America’s prestigious PhD programs in Economics and Public Policy. Recognizing that some talented students may prefer careers after terminal master’s degrees, the program will provide the flexibility to compete for positions at prestigious firms and organizations.

For nearly 150 years, Hunter has opened doors of opportunity for students from all walks of life and racial / ethnic backgrounds, providing an outstanding education in a diverse environment. The African School of Economics, while considerably younger, has a solid reputation for excellence in training and research in economics, and  has achieved  great success in placing talented African students in top Ph.D. programs. Students in the HASPERE program, anchored by faculty at Hunter and ASE, will also be taught and mentored by leading scholars from Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Princeton and Yale (see the list below).

The formal coursework will culminate in Masters degrees from Hunter College, CUNY and from the African School in Economics (ASE). In addition, participants will receive workshops and research opportunities, including at partner institutions. The curriculum, which includes the standard Hunter MA coursework and HASPERE enhancements, can be completed in under two years.

All students, regardless of race and ethnicity, are welcome to apply. To apply, follow instructions on the Hunter College Graduate Admissions page to apply for the Masters in Economics and mention HASPERE in your essay. In addition, send a copy of your full application to Email with inquiries.

Participating faculty

  • Temisan Agbeyegbe (Hunter)
  • Mark Aguiar (Princeton)
  • Natalie Bachas (Princeton)
  • Karna Basu (Hunter)
  • Dirk Bergmann (Yale)
  • Renee Bowen (UCSD)
  • Alessandra Casella (Columbia)
  • Matias Cattaneo (Princeton)
  • Sylvain Chassang (Princeton)
  • Ying Chen (Johns Hopkins)
  • Jonathan Conning (Hunter)
  • Janet Currie (Princeton)
  • Partha Deb (Hunter)
  • Marco Del Negro (NY Fed)
  • Monica Deza (Hunter)
  • Ian Heffernan (ASE)
  • Jennifer Hunt (Rutgers)
  • Bo Honoré (Princeton)
  • Atif Mian (Princeton)
  • Karim Nchare (ASE)
  • Gábor Nyéki (ASE)
  • Nathan Nunn (Harvard)
  • Jessica Van Parys (Hunter)
  • Sangeeta Pratap (Hunter)
  • Bernard Salanie (Columbia)
  • Mahlet Tadesse (Georgetown)
  • Lucienne Talba (ASE)
  • Rocio Titiunik (Princeton)
  • Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton)
  • Ebonya Washington (Yale)
  • Dean Yang (Michigan)