Mason's nationally ranked graduate economics programs are noted for their emphasis on comparative institutional analysis and their concentration on the relationships among economic, political, and legal institutions. This distinction is illuminated by the specific areas associated with the department: experimental economics, Austrian economics, public choice, constitutional political economy, law and economics, and new institutional economics.
The master's degree in economics strengthens students' knowledge of economic theory and improves their skills in applying the theory to economic problems. The master's program prepares graduates for the multitude of research and policy positions in the Washington, D.C., area. Graduates are qualified to read and judge other's research and to conduct their own, either individually or as members of research teams in government or business. They are also prepared to write policy analysis articles.
The MA degree program is a self-contained course of study for students who are not planning to pursue the PhD program at George Mason University. Students who plan to pursue the PhD degree should apply directly to the doctoral program. They can earn a master’s while pursuing the PhD.
A typical first-year sequence includes ECON 611 and 630, and an elective in the fall, and ECON 535, 612 and 615 in the spring. If possible, part-time students should arrange their work schedules to take two courses per semester in the first year. Classes are generally offered in the evening, with class times at 4:30-7:10pm and 7:20-10:00pm.
FUNDING: Limited funding for MA students is available through the Mercatus Center MA Fellowship Program.