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Master of Arts in Economics

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M.A. Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts degree program serves students with little previous background in economics as well as students who majored in economics as undergraduates. The program provides maximum flexibility for students to pursue their own special interests.

Candidates for the M.A. degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, consisting of 9 hours of required core classes, including ECON 700, ECON 701, ECON 715. At least 18 hours, including the required core courses, must be in economics; but students may take up to 12 hours in related areas, such as business administration, computer science, political science, or mathematics, subject to the approval of the M.A. adviser. No more than 9 hours of economics classes may be taken at the 500 and 600 levels. At initial enrollment, each candidate must discuss a preliminary plan of study with his or her graduate adviser. This plan may be revised over time.

Thesis and Nonthesis Options

Candidates may pursue either a thesis or a nonthesis track. Students electing the thesis track must complete 24 hours of formal course work and 6 hours of thesis under the direction of a thesis supervisor. This work is to be devoted to the completion of a satisfactory thesis. An oral examination is held on completion of the thesis. Students electing the nonthesis track must complete 30 hours of formal course work.

Written Comprehensive Examination

All nonthesis candidates for the M.A. degree, including students enrolled in the M.A./J.D. program, must demonstrate proficiency in the application of economic theory through a written examination taken during the last semester of enrollment.

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Plan of Study

Most M.A. students complete the program in 2 academic years. Unless they must complete prerequisites, new M.A. students enroll in ECON 700 Survey of Microeconomics and ECON 715 Elementary Econometrics and 1 elective during the first fall semester. In the first spring semester, M.A. students enroll in ECON 701 Survey of Macroeconomics and 2 electives. Enrollments in subsequent semesters are electives until 30 credit hours are complete.

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