Master of Arts, Applied Economics

man pushing large ball up hillThe emphasis on applied economics provides training in practical, problem-solving techniques appropriate for careers in teaching, private business, the public sector, banking, and consulting. Although this program emphasize applied economics, it also guides students in the rigorous preparation necessary for doctoral programs.

Core Courses

16 units
ECON 104 Mathematical Methods for Economics (4 units)
ECON 201 Seminar in Microeconomic Analysis (3 units)
ECON 203A Economics Research Methods (3 units)
ECON 205 Workshop in Policy Analysis (3 units)
Complete one course from:
ECON 202 Seminar in Macroeconomic Analysis (3 units)
ECON 235 Seminar in Monetary Theory and Policy (3 units)

Concentration Requirements

9 units
ECON 203B Seminar in Econometrics Methods (3 units)
Complete two courses from:
ECON 138 Business and Economic Forecasting (4 units)
ECON 232 Seminar in Public Finance (3 units)
ECON 241 Seminar in Law and Economics (3 units)
ECON 251 Seminar in Labor Economics (3 units)

Economic Electives

6 units
Approved 100- or 200-level courses. Courses may be at undergraduate level or outside of the department by pre-approval of Economics Graduate Advisor or Chair

Culminating Experience

1 unit
ECON 298E Special Study Comprehensive Exam (1 unit)*

32-33 Total units

* As an alternative to taking the Comprehensive Exam, the Department of Economics also offers a Thesis option, which is available to students who are in the M.A. program. 

Useful Documents

  • Advising Form MA, Applied Economics (pdf)
  • Suggested Schedule - M.A. applied (pdf)

Comprehensive Masters Exam