University at Albany

M.A. in Economics

The M.A. program in economics allows students to acquire advanced training in economic analysis and apply it in an area of concentration. The curriculum prepares students for careers in administration and research in government, business, and other private organizations. The program can be completed in one full year or three semesters of full time study. Unfortunately, financial aid from the University is normally not available for this program.

Program of Study (30 credits, minimum)*

This is a summary of the requirements, for more details follow the Bulletin: Economics M.A. Requirements link to the right.

As prerequisites for the MA program, we expect you to have one semester of calculus, intermediate microeconomics, and intermediate macroeconomics. For those whose undergraduate training in economics and mathematics is deficient, courses are available during the summer session prior to entering the program. Students who have not completed intermediate microeconomics or intermediate macroeconomics are required to complete these classes in the first semester without graduate credits, and potentially will spend longer time to complete the MA program. We make admission decisions three times a year-in February, May and August-for the following Fall semester. We do not make admissions for the Spring semester.

  1. 1. Economics (24 credits, minimum) including:
    • Eco 500 (Microeconomics)
    • Eco 501 (Macroeconomics)
    • Eco 520 (Quantitative Methods I)
    • Eco 521 (Quantitative Methods II)
    • A sequence of courses in an area of concentration, as approved by the department's Graduate Studies Committee
    • Eco 698 Master's Essay (3), a research paper in the student's field of concentration.
  2. 2. Supporting courses (0-6 credits) in related fields as advised.

*Students who have not completed a year sequence of undergraduate intermediate economic theory are required to complete Eco 300 and 301 without graduate credit.

Fields of Concentration

Fields of concentration are available in Finance (in cooperation with the School of Business), Public Sector Economics (in cooperation with the College of Public Affairs and Policy), International Economics, and Health Economics and Policy (in cooperation with the School of Public Health). For details of the credit requirements for each concentration, follow the Bulletin Economics M.A. requirements link to the right.

The Special Master’s degree

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in economics may be awarded an M.A. degree under special requirements. For more details follow the Bulletin Economics M.A. Requirements link to the right.


Professor Barış K. Yörük, Director of the M.A. Program

University at Albany Economics Department