Typical M.A. Program

Students in the M.A. program may take up to six credit hours from outside the department, subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies, and any economics course numbered 500 or higher qualifies as an elective. Students complete their degree after fulfilling the course requirements and having an M.A. Research Paper approved by a member of the graduate faculty within the department.

Year One | Fall Semester

  • Economics 590: Economics Statistics and Econometrics (3)
  • Economics 591: Mathematical Methods for Economists (3)
  • Economics 691: Computational Methods for Economists (3)
  • Economics 798: Current Research Colloquium (1)

Year One | Spring Semester

  • Economics 660: Microeconomic Theory I (3)
  • Economics 661: Macroeconomic Theory I (3)
  • Economics 690: Econometrics I (3)
  • Economics 692: Methods in Economics (1)

Comprehensive exams are given the first week of August unless a waiver is earned.

Year Two | Fall and Spring Semester (as needed)

  • Economics Graduate Elective (3)
  • Economics Graduate Elective (3)
  • Economics Graduate Elective (3)

Students may register for the Thesis Option (ECON 699B) in place of the M.A. research paper; however, this is not typical. While the degree may be earned in a little as three semesters, students have seven years to complete the degree according to the Limitations of Time requirements set by the Graduate School.