Master of Arts, Economics

SJSU BannerThe Masters Program prepares graduates for research and policy positions in government and business. Our teaching and research stress the importance of markets and institutions on political and socioeconomic outcomes. Although this program emphasizes general economics, it also guides students in the rigorous preparation necessary for doctoral programs.

Plan A (w/thesis)

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)*

Additional Courses

15 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

4 units
ECON 299 Master's Thesis or Project***

32 Total units 

Plan B (w/o thesis)

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)*

Additional Courses

12 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 Total units 

* Students must complete ECON 201 and ECON 202 (or ECON 235) with a grade of "B" or better. Students earning less than a B in any of these classes are allowed one attempt to retake and achieve the minimum grade.

** Students must not earn less than a B on any undergraduate course. Students earning less than a B in any undergraduate course are allowed one attempt to retake and achieve the minimum grade. (This does not apply to undergrad courses that are not re-taught within one year).

*** 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, Economics (pdf)
  • Suggested Schedule - M.A. (pdf)

Comprehensive Masters Exam