May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Economics

The M.A. in economics is suitable either for students intending to pursue a Ph.D. in economics or for those seeking a practical program of study to prepare them for technical or administrative positions in business or government. For those seeking a career dealing with financial markets, the department offers a concentration in Financial Economics as part of its M.A. program.

The M.A. program in economics requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at

Course Requirements (19-25)


Students must choose at least 11 elective semester hours from courses numbered 500 or greater and only 6 of those 11 semester hours may be from outside the department with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.

Concentration in Financial Economics

Students may earn a Concentration in Financial Economics by taking the following courses in place of their 11 hours of electives.

Comprehensive Examinations

Students having a grade below B in ECON 660 will be required to pass a comprehensive examination in microeconomic theory. Those having a grade below B in ECON 661 will be required to pass a comprehensive examination in macroeconomic theory. Comprehensive examinations in microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis will normally be taken by each student in the master’s degree program the first time that these examinations are offered following the completion of ECON 660 and ECON 661. A student who fails either of these examinations twice will generally not be permitted to continue in the M.A. program. However, in extenuating circumstances a student may submit a written appeal to the department to take an examination a third and final time.