Master of Arts in Economics

The M.A. in Economics is chiefly used as a progress or exit degree for our Ph.D. program, but can also serve as a terminal degree providing advanced training in economic theory, econometrics and applied areas for those seeking careers in business, government or not-for-profit organizations. It can also be used as an opportunity for further training prior to embarking on a more advanced degree in economics, public policy, business, law or other disciplines.

Information on the application process can be found on our How to Apply page.


The M.A. degree requires a total of 40 semester hours of graduate level study beyond the bachelor's degree.

1. Economics Core - 24 hrs
The economics core consists of two courses each in microeconomic theory,   macroeconomic theory and econometrics (ECON 509, 510, 511, 512, 534 and 535).

All students must complete the 4 courses in economic theory (ECON 509, 510, 511, and 512) with a GPA in these four courses of at least 3.00/4.00. Credit will be given for at most one grade of C in any of these courses.

2. Economics Electives - 12 hrs
At least one elective must be a 500-level Economics course; two additional electives (400- or 500-level) can be taken in Economics or another discipline.

3. Independent Study, Master's Thesis, or Additional Elective - 4 hrs
At least 4 hours of economic research in the form of an Independent Study or Master's Thesis (ECON 596 or 598) can be taken. This can otherwise be replaced with an additional Economics elective course.

At least 32 hours must be in economics, of which at least 28 hours must be at the 500-level, excluding ECON 596, and 598. ECON 441, 442, and 472 may be used to satisfy the 40 semester-hour degree requirement but not the 32 hours of course work in economics requirement. No more than 12 hours total of ECON 596 and 598 may be applied to the degree. ECON 520, 541 and 599 cannot be used to satisfy any MA requirement.