Program description

The Department of Economics at California State University, Fullerton offers a program leading to the Master of Arts Degree. The program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the private and public sectors, or to pursue a Ph.D. at another institution. The program is distinguished by the flexibility to specialize or to develop broader skills, depending on each student’s career goals. You can specialize in quantitative/applied economics or in any other area described in the program.

If all prerequisites have been met, the program can be completed in three semesters of full-time study or two and one-half years of part-time study. Classes are offered in the late afternoon and evenings to facilitate part-time study.

The program consists of 30-33 units and must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Any study plan course in which a D grade is received must be repeated with at least a C grade, regardless of overall grade-point average of the student.

Students may obtain their degree either through a thesis exit track or an examination exit track. Students may also customize their program based on one of six areas of interest. Those areas include:

  • Environmental Economics
  • International Economics and Finance
  • Industrial Organization and Labor
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics of Human Capital, Health, and Aging
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