Study Plan

The study plan consists of a minimum of 30 units for the thesis exit track and 33 units for the examination exit track.  Units must be completed with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. 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.

Required Courses (15 units)
ECON 441 Introduction to Mathematical Economics (3)
ECON 504 Econometric Analysis (3)
ECON 502 Advanced Microeconomic Analysis (3)
ECON 503 Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis (3)
ECON 595 Current Research in Economics (3)
Or approved 500-level substitute

All MA students are required to take ECON 595, Current Research in Economics, or an approved ECON 500-level substitute (3).


Exit Requirements (3-6 units)

Students may choose one of the following two exits to complete the program:

       (i)     Take ECON 598 (Thesis Preparation) and write and defend a thesis (3)
       (ii)    Take two additional approved 500-level electives (6) and
               pass an exit comprehensive examination.

Students may switch from the thesis exit to the comprehensive examination exit, but students who switch will not receive credit for ECON 598.  Students are permitted two attempts at passing the comprehensive examination.  If at any point towards the end of the comprehensive examination route, they choose to switch to the thesis route, they must then take ECON 598 before writing and defending their thesis.


Area & Elective Courses (12 units)

In order to complete the MA program, students are required to take 12 more units of coursework of which at least 6 units must be at the 500-level. Students may 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

The department recommends that students follow one of the following tracks in selecting the remaining 12 units of coursework:

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Two of the following:
ECON 416 Benefit Cost and Microeconomics Policy Analysis (3)
ECON 461 Ecological Economics (3)
ECON 462 Natural Resource Economics (3)
And (6 units) approved 500-level electives

International Economic and Finance

ECON 411 International Trade (3)
ECON 433 The Less Developed Countries and the World Economy (3)
And (6 units) approved 500-level electives

Industrial Organization and Labor

Two of the following
ECON 410 Industrial Organization (3)
ECON 412 Labor Economics (3)
ECON 413 Law and Economics (3)
And (6 units) approved 500-level electives

Public Sector Economics

Two of the following
ECON 416 Benefit Cost and Microeconomic Policy Analysis (3)
ECON 417 Public Finance (3)
ECON 420 Money and Banking (3)
ECON 421 Monetary and Fiscal Policy (3)
And (6 units) approved 500-level electives

Banking and Finance

ECON 420 Money and Banking (3)
ECON 421 Monetary and Fiscal Policy (3)
And (6 units) approved 500-level electives

Economics of Human Capital, Health and Aging

ECON 412 Labor Economics (3)
GERO 506 Economics of Aging (3)
And (6 units) approved 500-level electives


For more information about the courses click on: Course List

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