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Master of Arts in Economics

The M.A. in Economics can serve as a terminal degree providing advanced training in economic theory, econometrics and applied areas for those seeking careers in business, government or not-for-profit organizations. It can also be used as an opportunity for further training prior to embarking on a more  advanced degree in economics, public policy, business, law or other disciplines.  

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The M.A. degree requires a total of 40 semester hours of graduate level study beyond the bachelor's degree. 

At least 32 hours must be in economics, of which at least 28 hours must be at the 500-level, excluding ECON 596, and 598. ECON 441, 442, and 472 may be used to satisfy the 40 semester-hour degree requirement but not the 32 hours of course work in economics requirement. No more than 12 hours total of ECON 596 and 598 may be applied to the degree. ECON 520, 541 and 599 cannot be used to satisfy any MA requirement.

1. Economics Core - 24 hrs

The economics core consists of two courses each in microeconomic theory,   macroeconomic theory and econometrics (ECON 501, 502, 511, 512, 534 and 535).

All students must complete the 4 courses in economic theory (ECON 501, 502, 511, and 512) with a GPA in these four courses of at least 3.00/4.00. Credit will be given for at most one grade of C in any of these courses.

2. Independent Study or Master's Thesis - 4 hrs

At least 4 hours of economic research (ECON 596 or 598)

3. Economics Electives - 4 hrs

4. Other Electives - 8 hrs

Can be taken in economics or another discipline.


(updated 01/29/2013)

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