Degree Programs

The Department of Economics administers both undergraduate and masters-level academic programs leading to the B.A., B.S., and M.A. degrees.


Economics is a general program, flexible enough to allow for a variety of student objectives. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees are designed for those who plan to study economics at the graduate level, or to find jobs working as an economist or in closely related fields. Both programs have 20 or more units of open electives.
Find information about:
undergraduate programs
minor program
online courses
Course catalog (external link)


The Department of Economics offers two degree options from which graduate students can choose. Our MA program in Economics is flexible and allows you and your academic advisor to tailor a course of study to fits your need. Our MA program in Applied Economics has less flexibility, but is custom tailored to prepare you for applied careers.

Find information about graduate programs (M.A. Economics and M.A. Economics with Applied Economics Concentration) and admissions requirements are available.

Course catalog (external link)

Academic and Professional Placements

We are proud to share Academic and Professional Placements for students who earn an degree in Economics. 

SJSU Economics Alumni Enjoy Career Success

Across all fields, employers are looking for three key skills, the ability to reason, the ability to communicate orally and in writing, and the ability to calculate. Economics provides the reasoning, writing, and calculating skills that employers seek. Read student success stories.