Thesis Credit (ECON 799)

Students may register in ECON 799 Thesis Research Credit only after successfully completing the master's comprehensive exam and the thesis proposal has been approved by the thesis committee. Continuous registration in ECON 799 is required during the time a student is researching and writing the thesis.

Students are required to take no more than 6 credits of thesis credit (ECON 799) as a part of the MA degree.

Students planning to finish the thesis in one semester should register for 6 credit hours of ECON 799. Students planning to take two or more semesters to finish a thesis should register for 3 credit hours of ECON 799 during the first semester, then 1-3 credit hours for each following semester. These courses are graded IP until the thesis has been successfully defended, at which time they are changed to S.

Course registration numbers (CRNs) for ECON 799 are controlled by the Economics Graduate Studies Office. These numbers change every semester, so thesis students must request a new CRN each semester.

Instructions for Requesting CRNs

  1. You must use your Mason email account to request this code. No replies will be made to non-Mason email accounts.

  2. To request a code, you must email with the following information:

  • full name
  • G#
  • thesis advisor
  • number of credit hours requested
  • copy of email approval from your thesis advisor (for initial and for continuous enrollment requests)

 3.  The Economics Graduate Studies Office will reply to your email with the CRN.

Any requests that do not meet the above requirements will not be acknowledged.

Any requests for exceptions to the above must be submitted in writing:

  • your email should be sent to
  • your request should be addressed to the MA Director, Dr. Carlos Ramirez 

Other Relevant Information

Students enrolled in ECON 799 must maintain continuous registration (register for at least one credit hour every fall/spring semester) until the thesis is deposited with the Library. Students who fail to maintain continuous registration are required to pay for missed credits during the semester that they return.

No late enrollments after the last day to add each semester will be approved.

These courses are graded IP until the thesis has been successfully defended, at which time they are changed to S.