MA in Economics

MA in Economics

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The Department of Economics at California State University, Fullerton offers a program leading to the Master of Arts Degree. The program offers a variety of features:

Assistantships are available to qualified students.

Regular research seminars are open to students and faculty.

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 department is part of the well-known Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics on the main campus. It has a full-time faculty of 30 who are active in teaching and research, and who maintain a close working relationship with graduate students.

This 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

Core Curriculum

Required Course (18 units)
ECON 441 Introduction to Mathematical Economics (3)
ECON 502 Advanced Microeconomic Analysis (3)
ECON 503 Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis (3)
ECON 504 Econometric Analysis (3)
ECON 505 Economic Models and Forecasting
ECON 595 Current Research in Economics (3)
Or approved 500-level substitute


Area & Elective Courses (12 -15 units)
Area courses require (9 units) chosen from the student’s field of interest. Coursework may focus on the following areas:

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
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
6 units must be selected from the three Economics courses listed below
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
6 units must be selected from the four Economics courses listed below
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

Among area and elective courses, 12 units must be taken with at least 6 units at the 500-level and at least 6 units must be in Economics.

Terminal Evaluation (3 units)
ECON 598 Thesis Research (3)
Or Comprehensive Exam
 



For Further Information

For more information and list of requirements for entry into the program, please click here.

To access the university catalog, please click here.

To access course descriptions directly, please click here.

Curriculum and Career Advising
For more information regarding curriculum content or career opportunities, please send inquiries to Dr. Dipankar Purkayastha, Graduate Faculty Advisor.

Admissions and Application Procedures
If you have questions regarding admissions and application procedures for the Graduate Programs, please contact our Recruitment Specialist at mcbe_gradprograms@fullerton.edu or (657) 278-8580.

Application Status
If you have already applied and have questions about your application status, please contact our Evaluations Specialist at mcbe_gradapps@fullerton.edu or (657) 278-2003.



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