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Katerina Mills 

Year Graduated: 2014

Thesis: The Rise of the Dark Side; Dark Pool Trading and the Two-tiered Implication

Current University: Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin

How did you become interested in studying Economics?
I love financial market regulation and market micro-structure economics. I took securities regulation at the DU law school and then a neoclassical economics course through the department of economics prior to starting the economics master’s program.

Why did you choose to get an MA degree at DU?
I was already attending DU’s law school and found the department extremely flexible and accommodating for my hopes to complete a dual degree (JD/MA). The opportunity to complete the dual degree without taking a year off from the law program is not available through the business school or, to my knowledge, any other program on campus. The economics and law degrees are a fabulous balance, and I would suggest that anyone with an interest in economics and regulation do the two degrees together.

What made you decide to pursue a Ph.D.?
I want to do economic research and become an academic. My goal is to make a career in academia and research in financial market micro-structure and regulation in an economics department at a research university.

What knowledge and skills that you picked up in our MA program have proven most valuable to you in the program you are now enrolled in?
Extensive background in advanced Micro, Macro, Financial Economics, and experience completing a detailed and lengthy master’s thesis.

What did you enjoy most about the program at DU?
The department is extremely welcoming and supportive. The first year coursework is difficult and prepares students for fabulous job prospects and the rigor of future academic programs (Ph.D. programs in economics, etc.). Unlike many other departments the economics department is willing to work with students who are pursuing other degrees and have out of the classroom responsibilities, while still maintaining an extremely competitive course load. Unlike programs that are geared only at placing students either in doctoral programs or into a job directly following the completion of their master’s degree, the economics department at DU is open to students on both career tracks. Faculty are well prepared to discuss future Ph.D. acceptance and research, as well as, spending time helping students to find appropriate job placements in the private, government, and non-academic sectors.

What unique aspect of our program do you most appreciate now?
I appreciate the extensive and open discourse in the department regarding Ph.D. programs, politics, acceptance, and placement. I spent many hours discussing my applications and potential schools with faculty members and received absolutely exceptional insight and guidance in making my school application decisions. Faculty in the department are exceptionally helpful and supportive (while still being realistic and honest) in working with students who hope to pursue further studies.

What was your favorite Class at DU? 
Advanced Microeconomics.

What advice would you give to someone considering getting an MA in Economics from DU?
If you are like me and unsure of your personal career track when thinking about entering a master’s program, DU is a fabulous place to begin your hunt for career opportunities. Unlike many other programs, focused on simply spitting out good job placements and PhD program acceptance, DU’s economics department is focused on both providing you with an advanced and rigorous foundation in advanced economics, but also provides you with an unprecedented opportunity to pursue both academic and non-academic aspirations. Few other programs have faculty members so involved, available, or so open to discussing these post-master’s opportunities. I would not be pursing my PhD were it not for the professors and courses I encountered in the Economics program at DU and I would not have had the opportunity to engage in such a developmental and rigorous way with the field of economics or its opportunities had it not been for the phenomenal departmental faculty.