Master of Arts, Economics

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The 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 emphasize general economics, it also guides students in the rigorous preparation necessary for doctoral programs.

Requirements for the Economics MA include core courses in Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory (ECON 201 and 202 or 235)* and Research Methods (ECON 104** and 205a) and culminating experiences in a Policy Workshop (ECON 205b) and a Comprehensive Exam.***

For detailed MA program requirements, please consult the Course Catalog.


* 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. Students interested in pursuing the Thesis option are responsible for finding a Thesis adviser and assembling a committee. Generally, students who do not have a GPA of at least 3.5 should not expect to be able to assemble a thesis committee. In practice, student participation in the Thesis option is rare. However, this does not mean that the Department does not emphasize writing skills--all MA students write a full-length manuscript as a part of the required course, ECON 205B, and many field courses require class papers. Each year many of our non-thesis students publish essays for scholarly and general audiences.