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A basic course sequence in economic theory (ECON 5010, ECON 5020, and ECON 5330) is required of all students pursuing a masters degree in economics. Additionally, Applied Econometrics (ECON 5340) and Game Theory (ECON 5300) are required. You select the remaining courses to provide yourself with the skills necessary for a career plan. You may elect to take 27 hours of course work and write a thesis or take 30 hours of course work and write a shorter paper based on work done in a course (the Plan B alternative). At least 18 credit hours of 5000-level courses are required. For a complete list of the program's courses, click here.
The program is flexible and offers several options. No area of concentration is required for the economics masters degree. This allows the student to select courses in a variety of fields for a broad exposure to contemporary economic problems. One may also limit course selections to one or two fields and acquire a high degree of competence in a limited number of areas. The four areas of concentration offered in the doctoral program (environmental and natural resources, industrial organization, international trade/development, and financial economics) provide opportunities for specialization at the masters level, but economics masters candidates are not required to complete a field of concentration.
Sample Program - MS in Economics
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|ECON 5340 Applied Econometrics||ECON 5300 Game Theory|
|ECON 5020 Microeconomic Analysis I||Econ Field Seminar|
|ECON 5330 Mathematical Economics||Econ Field Seminar|
|ECON 5010 Macroeconomic Analysis I|
The exceptionally qualified student can complete the economics masters program in three semesters. Most students complete all requirements within two years. The masters degree provides a strong background in theory and technical skills for work as an economist in government or industry. For the undecided student, the masters level of study allows the opportunity to determine whether one has the interest and skill to successfully complete the economics doctor of philosophy degree.
At the beginning of the third semester the masters student will select a major professor for direction with the Plan B paper or Plan A masters thesis. A committee, selected by the student and his or her major professor, conducts an oral examination of the paper or thesis and areas studied in the program. A favorable report from the committee completes the masters degree in economics requirements.
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