Graduate Program Requirements for Admission

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

An applicant first must meet the requirements for admission to the university. In addition, the applicant should possess a grade point average of "B". Bachelor degrees in fields other than economics are acceptable for admission to the department. For admission to classified standing, an applicant's preparation in economic theory and statistics must be satisfactory (grades of "B" or better). An applicant should also be proficient in the mathematics of linear algebra and calculus to the level of at least Math 70 and 71.

Requirements for Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing

A student who does not meet all requirements for admission in classified standing for the MA Economics may be admitted into the program on a conditionally classified basis if he or she has demonstrated an interest in and an ability to master economic analysis. Such admission will be conditional upon completing specific courses to correct the deficiencies listed by the graduate advisor on the admission notification. Upon completing these requirements the student must then petition for a change in status to classified standing.

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Requirements for Admission to Candidacy for the MA - Economics

To be admitted to candidacy for the Master of Arts degree, a student must first meet the university requirements for the degree as stated in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. Also, a candidate:

  1. Must have at least a 3.0 ("B") average in nine semester hours of approved San José State University courses in economics at the 100- or 200-level.
  2. Must obtain approval of a formal master's degree program from the departmental graduate advisor and from the University Graduate Committee.
  3. Must have successfully completed the graduate English Writing Requirement. The University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled “Competency in Written English” for details. For graduate courses that meet the competency in written English requirement, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website.

Graduate Theory Grade Requirement

All master's degree students must complete a microeconomic theory course and macroeconomic theory or monetary theory course (if required) 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.

Undergraduate Course Grade Requirement

Master's degree students may count a limited number of undergraduate courses as approved electives, however these courses must be completed 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.

Comprehensive Examination

Students who are not completing a thesis must pass a final written examination in the following three subjects: microeconomic theory, macroeconomic/monetary theory or Econometrics, and applied economics. Students must file for candidacy before taking the comprehensive examination. Students register for one unit of ECON 298E in the semester they plan to take the examination. Students can take the exam a total of three times. A student who does not pass the Comprehensive Exam after the third attempt will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Competence in Written English

The University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled “Competency in Written English” for details. For more information, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evalutions website.