Economics

Master of Arts, Economics

The master’s program in the Department of Economics provides students rigorous training in economic theory and econometrics analysis which helps them develop skills required in the investigation of economic problems in a wide variety of settings. Core competencies include critical thinking skills, data acquisition skills, data analysis techniques, the application of economic theory to analyze economic data, writing and reporting skills, and competency in the use of technical computer software. After completing the program students have job opportunities in a wide variety of fields which include professional careers in business, banking, financial services, federal, state, and local government, consulting, and not-for-profit organizations The master’s program in economics also provides students with a solid foundation for pursuing the Ph.D. degree in economics or further graduate studies in related fields such as business and law.


Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate background of applicant
    • Intermediate Microeconomics
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • Calculus I
    • Statistics
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from academics)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • Resume (optional)
  • GRE (required for international applicants)

Application Deadline

Applications for admission to the master's degree program in Economics should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which enrollment is sought for domestic applicants and six months prior to the beginning of the term for international applicants.

Applications for students who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship must meet the following deadlines:

  • March 15 for Fall enrollment
  • November 15 for Spring enrollment

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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