May 25, 2024  
2014-15 Graduate Catalog 
2014-15 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, M.A.

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Duane B. Graddy, Program Director
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The mission of the graduate program in economics is to provide students with advanced studies in economic theory and research methodology. To accomplish its mission, the Department of Economics and Finance  offers two degree programs: the Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in Economics and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a major in Economics.

The department’s approach to these degree programs is global, interactive, and innovative. In the M.A. program, students are offered two curricular paths: general economics and Financial Economics. M.A. students in economics are offered preparation for careers in private business and public service. The focus of the M.A. program is on decision analysis and applied research.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to possess a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Economics requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours (10 courses) if a thesis is written or a minimum of 33 semester hours (11 courses) if a thesis is not written. At least 24 hours (8 courses) must be in courses numbered exclusively as 6000-level graduate courses (other courses can be taken at the 5000 level). A minimum of 18 of these semester hours must be in economics and include ECON 6010 ECON 6020 , ECON 6060 , and ECON 6070 .

Candidates must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination that may be taken no more than twice. For the major in Economics, the comprehensive examination covers the three core areas: macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics.

Before taking the comprehensive examination, the student is expected to attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled departmental student/faculty workshops where research papers are presented and discussed by the participants.

Curriculum: Economics (general)

Students may choose between a thesis and non-thesis option.

Thesis Option (30 hours)

Core Courses (12 hours)

Electives (15 hours)

Students completing a thesis must take 15 hours of electives.

Thesis (3 hours)

Non-thesis Option (33 hours)

Core Courses (12 hours)

Electives (21 hours)

Students choosing the non-thesis option must take 21 hours of electives.

Program Notes

Students may include a minor in their degree programs. A minor consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours of approved courses. Students not electing a minor may include a cognate area of up to 6 semester hours in their programs. Cognate areas can be formed from courses in accounting, agriculture, finance, geography, geology, history, insurance, management, political science, psychology, real estate, and sociology.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 credit hours (with the assistance of the M.A. advisor);
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form with the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.

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