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Master of Arts in Economics

The MA in Economics generally functions as a progress or exit degree for our PhD program rather than as a stand-alone degree program. The MA coursework fully overlaps with the PhD coursework. For some applicants, the MA might serve as a terminal two-year degree providing advanced training in economic theory, econometrics, and applied areas for those seeking careers in business, government, or not-for-profit organizations. The degree can also provide students with further training prior to embarking on a more advanced degree in economics, public policy, business, law, or other disciplines. However, many students may choose to apply for either our MA in Applied Economics or PhD in Economics instead.

MA students are not eligible for funding; the Economics Department's limited funding is reserved for PhD students only.

Information on the application process can be found on our Admissions page. If you're unsure of which degree program best fits with your background and interests, please contact us at econ@uic.edu.