Economics Master of Arts Degree Program

The M.A. program in economics provides the opportunity to acquire the basic skills of economic analysis and to apply them in an area of concentration. The curriculum prepares students for careers in administration and research in government and private organizations.

Program of Study (30 credits, minimum)*

  1. Economics (24 credits, minimum) including:
    1. Eco 500, 501, 520, and Eco 521 or equivalents (12 credits)


    2. A sequence of courses in an area of concentration, as approved by the department’s Graduate Studies Committee:

      International Economics (6 credits) Eco 545 and Eco 546

      Public Economics (6 credits) Choose two courses from the following: Eco 530, Pad 501, Pad 552, Pad 643, Pad 644, Pad 648 or Pub 514

      Finance & Credit Markets (6 credits) Choose two courses from the following:
      Eco 546, Fin 525, Fin 603 or Fin 604

      Health Economics (6 credits) Choose two courses from the following:
      Eco 509, Eco 511, Eco 512, Hpm 635 or Hpm 648

      Economic Forecasting
      (12 credits) Eco 519, Eco 525, Eco 529 and Eco 590

      Others as approved by the Department's Graduate Committee


    3. Eco 698 (Master's Essay, 3 credits), or a graduate research seminar, in the area of concentration.

  2. Supporting courses (0-9 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.

Special M.A. Program in Economics

For students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in economics, a master's degree may be awarded after the satisfactory completion of the following:

  1. A minimum of 30 graduate credits, of which 24 credits are in economics, including the required courses in theory and econometrics, Eco 600, Eco 601, Eco 700, Eco 701, Eco 620, Eco 621, Eco 720, and a graduate research seminar in economics;
  2. Supporting courses (0-6 credits) as advised.