Typical M.A. Program

As a guide, a typical M.A. program for students entering in August is:

Fall – Semester 1


  • ECON 590 Economic Statistics and Econometrics (3)
  • ECON 591 Mathematical Methods for Economics (3)


  • One 500-level course in economics.

Spring – Semester 2


  • ECON 660 Microeconomic Analysis I (3)
  • ECON 661 Macroeconomic Analysis I (3)
  • ECON 690 Econometrics I (3)
  • ECON 690A Econometrics Laboratory (1)

Summer – Semester 3


  • Course in economics or in another area (such as Statistics) that would complement the student’s program. Students sometimes take ECON 699B (Master’s Research Paper) or ECON 698 (Independent Study in Economics) or continue work on a research paper to satisfy the research requirement (option 3 of core requirements).
  • The summer is also a convenient time to take English proficiency courses (if required).

Fall – Semester 4


  • Three courses in economics (or a related area).

A student ought to be able to complete all requirements for the M.A. degree in one and a half years. Note that if English proficiency courses are required they should be taken in addition to (rather than instead of) courses that directly satisfy credit hour requirements for the M.A. All course work must be approved by the department’s Director of Graduate Studies.