M.A. Economics

The M.A. Economics (MAE) program is designed to give students a quantitative approach to economics with the flexibility to tailor the degree to fit their future goals. It offers comprehensive instruction in a wide range of areas within the discipline, including computational economics, economic analysis, and financial economics. Graduates of the program are adept in applied research and financial analysis, highly competitive on the finance sector job market, and ready for top Ph.D. programs.

The master’s program is designed to combine theoretical rigor in core areas of economics with exceptional flexibility in course requirements to encourage students to explore their academic interests. In addition to master’s-level courses, students frequently enroll in many doctoral level courses in economics, and in courses from other departments, including Political Science, Public Policy, Finance, Statistics, and Mathematics. The curriculum is intended to be completed in four semesters.

The requirements below also apply to students pursuing the joint Juris Doctor/M.A. Economics (J.D./MAE) degree program.

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Degree Requirements

Limitation on Undergraduate Courses

A maximum of 6 credits (two courses) may be undergraduate courses at the 200-level or higher (200-499), subject to academic advisor approval. Students must receive a grade of B- or better to have such courses counted as part of their earned graduate credit. Courses in computer science, mathematics, and statistics in the 200-499 range that are taken to satisfy the requirements listed above count towards this two-course maximum.

STEM Designation

This degree program classifies as STEM (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics), and students in this program can apply for a 24-month STEM extension of F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).

J.D./M.A. Degree

Law School students may apply to The Graduate School during their first year to participate in a dual degree program combining their J.D. with an M.A. in economics. Successful applicants complete both degrees in three years. This program is very flexible, but does require a strong foundation in core economic theory and modeling in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. Students are encouraged to take courses that overlap economic and legal system concepts, such as game theory, industrial organization, and evaluation of public expenditures.

The economics requirements for the J.D./MAE degree are the same as those listed above with the exception that only one course in econometrics or computational methods, computer science, mathematics, and statistics is required [this replaces the requirement outlined above in point (2)]. For more information on the Law School's requirements, please refer to the Law School website.