M.A. in Applied Economics

The 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.
Please refer to the Economics Catalog for details and specific course descriptions.

Core Courses (16 units)

Course 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
Total Units 16 units

Concentration Requirements (9 units)

Course 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
Total Units 9 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)

    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

Total Units 32-33

Useful Forms

Comprehensive Masters Exam

Economics MA Advisor

For advising, please see our Advising page and look for Graduate Advisor information.