Master of Arts - Economics

Economics Master of ArtsProgram Director Dr. Phuong Ngo;

The Master of Arts in Economics develops economists who can meet the demand of the private sector, non-profit sector, financial institutions and government organizations they serve. Graduates of the program are well trained in the tools of economic analysis and measurement. The program stresses a strong foundation in standard economic theory, applied econometric methods and research.

The Master of Arts in Economics carries STEM designation. Students who complete the program are well prepared for further graduate study in economics at the Ph.D. level or are interested exclusively in earning their degree to advance in their careers.

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Admission Requirements:

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the College of Graduate Studies, as well as additional requirements including a bachelor's degree with at least a 2.75 grade point average, completion of intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Calculus and Statistics. International applicants must provide official TOEFL and GRE (general) test scores received directly from ETS. Students are advised to begin the program in the Fall semester. (International students are only admitted to begin in the Fall semester. The M.A. in Economics carries STEM designation.)

For additional information regarding Admissions Requirements for the Master of Arts in Economics, please visit the Graduate Catalog here.


The MA in Economics consists of a minimum of thirty semester hours in four areas and holds STEM designation

Required Mathematical Economics and Econometrics Courses: (15 credit hours)

These courses help students develop mathematical skills, statistical and econometrics skills which can be applied in problem solving.

Course Title Credits
ECN 610 Mathematical Economics
Prerequisite: Calculus I or equivalent.
ECN 622 Econometrics 
Prerequisite: Business Statistics I or equivalent.
ECN 625 Time Series Econometrics
Prerequisite: ECN 610 and ECN 622 or equivalents.
ECN 627 Applied Economic Analysis I 
Prerequisites: ECN 622.
ECN 628 Applied Economic Analysis II 
Prerequisites: ECN 625.
Required Microeconomic Theory Courses: (3 credit hours)

Provides a strong analytical background in the theories of consumer and firm behavior, theories of markets, pricing and regulation.

Course TiTle Credits
ECN 633 Advanced Microeconomics
Prerequisite or co-requisite: ECN 610 or equivalent & Intermediate Microeconomics.
Required Macroeconomic Theory, Money and Finance Courses: (6 credit hours)

Provide students with an understanding of the workings of the economy and the world of money and finance.

Course Title Credits
ECN 643 Advanced Macroeconomics
Prerequisite: ECN 610 or equivalent and Intermediate Macroeconomics.
ECN 654 Financial Economics
Prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomics.
Electives/Thesis: (6 credit hours)

Students have a choice of completing two electives from the list below or 6 hours of thesis research culminating in a Master’s thesis.

Course Title Credits
ECN 541  Business Fluctuations and Forecasting
Prerequisite: Intermediate Macroeconomics or equivalent.
ECN 550 Economics of Law
Prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomics or equivalent.


ECN 574 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 
Prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomics.
ECN 582 International Trade
Prerequisite: Principles of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics or equivalent.


ECN 585 Economics of Development and Growth 
Prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomics.
ECN 675 Labor Economics
Prerequisite: Economics MA Program students or permission of instructor.
ECN 694 Special Topics in Economics 
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Course title and content may change from term to term.
ECN 695 Seminar in Economics
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Assignments chosen by instructor and include class presentations by students and writing assignments.
ECN 699 Thesis in Economics
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

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Full/Part-Time Sequences:

Semester: Courses:
Fall ECN 610, 622, 633, 643
Spring ECN 625, 627, 654, and either ECN 699 or Elective
Summer ECN 628, and either ECN 699 or Elective

    Elective courses may be taken anytime throughout the year. Students may only enroll in ECN 699- Thesis after completing ECN 610, ECN 622, ECN 633, and ECN 643.

    Part-Time Two-Year:
    Roadmap 1: Roadmap 2:
    First year:
    Fall: ECN 610, ECN 622
    Spring: ECN 625 and 1 elective course
    Summer: 1 elective course
    First year:
    Fall: ECN 610, ECN 622
    Spring: ECN 625, ECN 627
    Summer: ECN 628
    Second year:
    Fall: ECN 633, ECN 643
    Spring: ECN 654, ECN 627
    Summer: ECN 628
    Second year:
    Fall: ECN 633, ECN 643
    Spring: ECN 654, ECN 699
    Summer: ECN 699

    Financial Aid:

    Information about Financial Aid can be found here. Financial aid in the form of a Graduate Assistantship (GA) may be available to a limited number of qualified students. Assistantships provide a stipend plus full or partial tuition support. Learn more here. Tuition scholarships may also available on a limited basis. Two letters of recommendation are required. Applications for students seeking a graduate assistantship must be completed by May 1st.

    Job Placement:

    The University provides job placement services through its Office of Career Development and Exploration. The department will assist students who are near completion or have completed their M.A. program in their search for suitable employment.

    Contact the Program Director:

    Program Director: Dr. Phuong Ngo
    Location: Rhodes Tower, Room 1715
    PHone: 216-687-9301

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