College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Economics

The master's degree in economics strengthens students' knowledge of economic theory and improves their skills in applying the theory to economic problems. Graduates are qualified to read and judge other research and conduct their own research, either individually or as members of government or business teams. They are also prepared to write policy analysis articles. Students who plan to pursue a PhD in economics should apply directly to the doctoral program.

An accelerated master's option is available to students in the bachelor's program.  See Economics, BA or BS/Economics, Accelerated MA for specific requirements.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Transfer Credits

Students may request to transfer a maximum of 12 credits for prior graduate course work (not applied to a previous graduate degree) subject to approval by the graduate director and dean in accordance with the Program Policies of the department and the Academic Policies of this catalog.

Reduction of Credit

This program does not permit a reduction of credit based on a previously conferred graduate degree.

Five core courses (15 credits)

In place of core courses shown below, students admitted to the PhD in economics who have added the MA as a secondary degree to their record must substitute ECON 637, 811, 812, 715, and 830 or 831.

ECON 535 - Survey of Applied Econometrics Credits: 3

ECON 611 - Microeconomic Theory Credits: 3

ECON 612 - Microeconomic Theory II Credits: 3

ECON 615 - Macroeconomic Theory Credits: 3

ECON 630 - Mathematical Economics I Credits: 3

Five elective courses (15 credits)

Students choose their electives from economics courses in any of the fields offered by the department.  Students may substitute up to a maximum of six credits or two courses outside economics in closely related fields with prior written approval of the MA director.

Students have the option of writing a thesis for six credits in lieu of six credits of elective courses.

Students admitted to the PhD in economics who have added the MA as a secondary degree to their record must apply ECON 816 as one of the five elective courses applied to the MA degree.

Comprehensive Exam

Students must pass one MA comprehensive exam in applied economic theory.  This exam is offered twice each year. Students admitted to the PhD in economics who are seeking the MA as secondary degree must pass both the PhD micro and the PhD macro qualifying exams, which will satisfy the requirement for the MA comprehensive exam.

6 credits of thesis (optional)

Once enrolled in ECON 799, students are required to maintain continuous registration until the thesis is submitted to and accepted by the University Library. The continuous registration policy is specified in the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Students who choose to complete a thesis take six fewer elective credits.

ECON 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30 credits

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