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About the Program

Master of Arts in Economics

The Master of Arts degree provides training for positions in business, government, or continued training at the doctoral level.  Whether your goal is private, public, or Ph.D., our program is designed to develop your analytical and critical thinking, writing, and quantitative skills. 

Requirements for a Master of Arts Degree in Economics

Students may choose between a thesis and non-thesis option. The thesis option requires ten courses including the following:

  • Econometrics
  • Advanced Macroeconomic Theory 
  • Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • Thesis
  • Six other graduate economics courses.

The non-thesis option requires eleven courses including the following:

  • Econometrics
  • Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Seven other graduate economics courses 
  • Participation in the Department of Economics Graduate Forum

For more complete information on all courses, click here.