Master of Science in Economics

The MS in Economics is designed to introduce students to graduate-level study in economics. The MS in Economics provides a strong foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, in addition to allowing students to pursue some electives in their fields of interest. The degree is often earned en passant to a Ph.D. in Economics or a related field; we do not typically admit students seeking a terminal master’s degree, although there may be exceptions (part-time students, international exchange students, or other special cases). If your ultimate goal is a Ph.D., you should apply directly to the Ph.D. program regardless of whether you already have a master’s degree.  
If you have any questions, contact Professor Carlos Lamarche, Director of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit courses. The student must satisfactorily complete the following courses:

  • ECO 590 Introduction to Quantitative Economics I
  • ECO 601 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • ECO 602 Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECO 603 Research Methods and Procedures
  • ECO 703 Intro to Econometrics I

The student must also satisfactorily complete either: ECO 701 Neoclassical Microeconomic Theory, or ECO 702 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory, and a course in an elective area of the PhD program. Courses taken outside of the Department of Economics must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies to count toward the 30-hour requirement.

Success in a final examination.

Minimal average of grade B in all courses attempted for graduate credit after being admitted to the Graduate School. Students obtaining six quality points below a B average will be dropped by the department.