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The Master of Arts in Economics program is designed to prepare a student for a career as a professional economist or financial analyst in government or business.  The program also serves as an avenue toward further graduate work in the field of economics or finance.  Students may select from the Economics, Financial Economics or Thesis tracks. 

Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics

Economics Core Courses
ECON 712 (3) Applied Macroeconomics
ECON 711 (3) Applied Microeconomics
ECON 736 (3) Applied Econometrics
STAT 700 (3) Applied Statistics I

Economics Track

Students who choose the Economics Track may choose to focus in the department’s strengths in international economics and economic growth or the applied microeconomic areas of health, labor and environmental economics.  Students in this area will take 6 electives beyond the core. Three electives (9 hours) may be taken outside of Economics. 

Financial Economics Track

Students in the Financial Economics Track may specialize in corporate finance, investments or risk management.  In addition to the Economics core courses, students will take FINA 760 Financial Policies, FINA 762 Investment Management, FINA 737 Derivative Securities. Students will also enroll in three other electives courses (9 hours) in Finance.

Thesis Track

Typically students selecting the Thesis track intend to pursue a PhD in Economics or Finance. Students who chose this option will work with a faculty member and will be required to write a thesis in an area of research of their choosing. Students in this area will take 4 electives (12 hours) and enroll in 6 hours of Thesis Preparation. Two electives (6 hours) may be taken outside of Economics or Finance.

Comprehensive Exam

Students are required to pass a comprehensive exam which covers the 3 core Economics courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.   Is an undergraduate degree in Economics or Finance required for admission?

No, students enroll with a variety of academic backgrounds.  However, students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or economics may have to satisfy some additional coursework.

2.  How long does it take to complete the M.A. Economics degree program?

The MA Economics program requires a total of 30 credit hours of coursework; the necessary coursework can be completed in 12 months.  Students in the Thesis Track are required to complete 24 credit hours of coursework, plus 6 hours of thesis preparation.  Completing the thesis can be completed within 12 months, but it is not unusual for this to take a little longer.  Anyone required to take any prerequisites may also take a little longer to complete the degree.

3.  Can the M.A. Economics degree be pursued on a part-time or evening basis?

Yes, it is possible to pursue the degree on a part-time basis.  Many of the courses are available in the evening; however, we cannot guarantee that all of the classes can be taken at night.  This option works best if you have a flexible work schedule.

4.  Is financial aid available? 

Yes, federal financial aid is available to students pursuing the MA Economics degree. There are also a limited amount of merit-based financial awards available.  Students are encouraged to submit all of their application materials by February 1 to be considered for all Moore School financial awards.  No additional application is necessary; all admitted students are automatically considered for these awards.

5.  Are international applicants considered for financial aid awards?

Yes, all Moore School financial awards are merit based. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.