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Economics - Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Economics (code ECONMA01)

The master of arts degree in economics is designed to provide academic preparation for positions in industry, government, consulting agencies and teaching. The emphasis is on the immediate application of more advanced principles of analysis to business, management and government. Candidates are responsible for observing the general requirements stated in the Catalog as well as requirements specified by the Economics Department. Detailed information on requirements may be obtained from the department graduate advisor.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to qualified students.


1. A bachelor’s degree with a major in economics; or

2. A bachelor’s degree with 24 units of upper division courses comparable to those required of a major in economics at this University. (Deficiencies will be determined by the Economics Department.);

3. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 ("B") in upper division economics courses.

4. Graduate students must consult with the graduate advisor for information concerning department procedures and for approval of their course of study before entering the master of arts program in economics.

Advancement to Candidacy

Satisfy the general requirements of the University for advancement to candidacy.


1. Thirty-two units of upper-division and graduate courses (500- and 600-level courses, of which 26 units must be in economics with a minimum of 18 units in the 500 and 600 series. All students must develop two fields of concentration in economics, including economic theory (microeconomics and macroeconomics);

2. Satisfactory completion of ECON 503, 510, 511, 585 and 586;

3. Students must pass two comprehensive examinations, one in microeconomics and one in macroeconomics. Students must also successfully complete coursework in two elective fields of concentration with grades of “B” or better in the appropriate 600-level courses. A field of concentration includes a 600-level course and at least one upper-division or 500-level prerequisite course.