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Curriculum and Graduation Requirements for M.A. in Economics

An undergraduate training, in a variety of fields, which provides an adequate background for advanced study in economics, is needed to perform well in the program. Certain undergraduate courses in economics, calculus, and statistics are deemed prerequisites. Students may be permitted to make up deficiencies while pursuing the M.A. program.

The prerequisites are considered satisfactory if the student has completed undergraduate courses with a "C" grade or better in microeconomics and macroeconomics. These prerequisites will be waived if the student passes a proficiency test, upon arrival, in the applicable subject or if the student successfully completes the equivalent graduate course(s) as follows:

  • ECON 5030 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 5040 Intermediate Macroeconomics

Students must complete these courses with a grade of "C" or better before they will be permitted to enter ECON 6030 and ECON 6040. The graduate credits earned in any of these courses will not count toward the 36 graduate credit hours required for the degree, though they affect a student's overall GPA. Students who do not have these prerequisites are encouraged to join the program in the first Summer Session.

For students who have all the prerequisites for the program, completion of a total of 36 graduate credit hours is required.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements: A minimum of 36 credit hours (12 academic courses) is required to complete the program: 28 credit hours in in core courses (mathematical economics, statistics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics) and 4 hours in elective courses (international economics, development economics, environmental economics, behavioral economics, etc.). At the end of the program, participants will complete a research paper (4 credit hours) under the supervision of two faculty members.

Core Requirements (28 credit hours)

  • ECON 6003: Mathematical Economics and Statistics
  • ECON 6030: Advanced Microeconomic Theory I
  • ECON 6031 Advanced Microeconomic Theory II
  • ECON 6040 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 6041 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory II
  • ECON 6350 Econometrics I
  • ECON 6380 Applied Econometrics

Elective Courses (4 credit hours)

Select one course from the following options:

  • ECON 5010: Economics of Altruism
  • ECON 5020: Game Theory
  • ECON 5050: Managerial Economics
  • ECON 5060: Monetary Theory and Policy
  • ECON 5120: Economics of Poverty
  • ECON 5130: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 5140: Natural Resource Economics
  • ECON 5150: Economics of Health Care
  • ECON 5200: Labor Economics
  • ECON 5320: Industrial Organization
  • ECON 5340: Economics of Antitrust
  • ECON 5350: Economics of Energy
  • ECON 5400: International Trade
  • ECON 5410: International Monetary Systems
  • ECON 5500: Development Economics
  • ECON 5510: Agricultural Development
  • ECON 5520: Economic History of the U.S.
  • ECON 5530: European Economic History
  • ECON 5600: Money and Banking
  • ECON 5710: Cost Benefit Analysis
  • ECON 5740: Economics of Latin America
  • ECON 5750: Economics of China
  • ECON 5760: Economics of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia
  • ECON 5900: Seminar in Microfinance

Research Paper (4 credit hours)

Complete a research paper (ECON 6960).