MA in Economics

The MA in Economics is a terminal professional degree that requires the Economics Core (four courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, and econometrics) and four elective courses. These courses are designed exclusively for master’s students, distinct from our PhD and undergraduate offerings. The elective courses cover nearly all major areas of economics and are taught largely by our own research faculty.

Course Requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of eight semester courses (32 credits). The following courses in micro- and macroeconomic theory and quantitative methods are required: CAS EC 501, 502, 507, and 508. A determination is made whether it is appropriate to opt out of EC 505 by taking the mathematics placement exam. EC 505 will count as one of the MA electives.

Comprehensive Examination

Candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination that tests general knowledge of economic theory and quantitative methods.

Grade Requirements

To be eligible for the MA degree, students are expected to attain an overall grade point average of 2.85 or higher.

(For exact program requirements, see the department rules and regulations, available on request; BA/MA students refer to the College of Arts & Sciences Bulletin.)

Applicants to the BA/MA program are recommended to apply in the second semester of their sophomore year, and no later than October 1 of the first semester of their junior year.