Comprehensive Exam Info

The Comprehensive Masters Examination fulfills the culminating experience requirement for the Masters of Economics program. Passing the Comprehensive Examination is required for graduation unless you select the thesis option as a culminating experience.

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. All MA students write a full-length manuscript as a part of the required course, ECON 205, and many field courses require class papers. Each year many of our non-thesis students publish essays for scholarly and general audiences.

Comp exams are on the first Fridays of May and December.

Comprehensive Exam Information Sheet [pdf]

2023 Comprehensive Exams

Date Time Location
Friday, December 1, 2023 6:00-9:30pm DMH 166

Contacts

Rui Liu
Graduate Advisor and Associate Professor
rui.liu@sjsu.edu
408-924-5423  |  DMH 131

Justin Rietz
Assistant Professor, SEEL Lab Co-Director
justin.rietz@sjsu.edu
408-924-5416  |  DMH 143

Sample Comp Exams

The sample exams that follow are from previous semesters and are provided to give students an idea of the type of questions that may be on the actual exam. There is no guarantee that thorough familiarity with the questions in the sample exams will result in a passing grade in the actual comprehensive examination.

2024 Sample Exams

Spring
Section 1: Microeconomic Theory [pdf]
Section 2: Macroeconomics and Monetary Theory [pdf]
Section 3: Econometrics [pdf]

2023 Sample Exams

Semester Section Sample Exam
Fall Section 1: Microeconomic Theory Sample Comp Exam [pdf]
Section 2: Macroeconomics and Monetary Theory  Sample Comp Exam [pdf]
Section 3: Econometrics Sample Comp Exam [pdf]
Spring Section 1: Microeconomic Theory Sample Comp Exam [pdf]
Section 2: Macroeconomics and Monetary Theory Sample Comp Exam [pdf]
Section 3: Econometrics Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

2022 Sample Exams

Semester Section Sample Exam

Fall 
Section 1: Microeconomic Theory Sample Comp Exam [pdf]
Section 2: Macroeconomics and Monetary Theory Sample Comp Exam [pdf]
Section 3: Econometrics Sample Comp Exam [pdf]
Spring Section 1: Microeconomic Theory Sample Comp Exam [pdf]
Section 2: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, and Econometrics Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

2021 Sample Exams

Semester Section Sample Exam
Fall

Section 1: Microeconomic Theory

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 2: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, and Econometrics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Spring

Section 1: Microeconomic Theory

Sample Com Exam [pdf]

Section 2: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, and Econometrics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 3: Applied Economics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

2020 Sample Exams

Semester Section Sample Exam
Fall

Section 1: Microeconomic Theory

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 2: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, and Econometrics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 3: Applied Economics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Spring

Section 1: Microeconomic Theory

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 2: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, and Econometrics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 3: Applied Economics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

2019 Sample Exams

Semester Section Sample Exam
Fall

Section 1: Microeconomic Theory

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 2: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, and Econometrics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 3: Applied Economics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Spring

Section 1: Microeconomic Theory

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 2: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, and Econometrics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 3: Applied Economics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

2018 Sample Exams

Semester Section Sample Exam
Fall

Section 1: Microeconomic Theory

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 2: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, and Econometrics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 3: Applied Economics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Spring

Section 1: Microeconomic Theory

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 2: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, and Econometrics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]

Section 3: Applied Economics

Sample Comp Exam [pdf]