M.A. Analytical Political Economy

The M.A. Analytical Political Economy (MAPE) degree is a joint master’s program of the Departments of Economics and Political Science, necessitated by a growing interest in political economy and political science among young economists. These fields are converging, and policy economics — particularly macroeconomic and international trade policy — increasingly includes a strong political component. Political economy examines the reciprocal relationships between politics and markets, both within and among countries, using a variety of analytical tools, including those of economics. Its concerns include interactions among economic and political development; cooperation and conflict among nations, groups, and individuals; the distribution of material resources and political power; the effects of political actors and institutions on economic outcomes; the causes and consequences of technological and structural change, growth, and globalization; and regulation.

The MAPE program offers a quantitatively rigorous curriculum rooted in economic and political theory, application, and analysis. Students have the opportunity to gain experience with economic and mathematical modeling along with a deep understanding of how and why policies are developed and implemented. Prospective students will find an undergraduate background in economics, political science, and statistics to be helpful. The program is designed to train and develop economic, mathematical, and statistical skills linked to political economy and related areas to prepare graduates for Ph.D. studies or related professions.

Degree Requirements

Course Details

We expect that students will take four semesters to complete all the requirements. The 30-credit course requirement does not include preparatory courses or technical classes (see below). A maximum of 6 credits (two courses) may be undergraduate courses at the 200-level or above (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 Offered

Preparatory and Technical Courses

One or more of the following courses may be required, as needed:

  • ESL courses
  • COMPSCI 590 Numerical Methods for Economists
  • ECON 590 Computer Modeling for Policy Analysis
  • MATH 202 Multivariate Calculus for Economists
  • MATH 216 Linear Algebra/Differential Equations
  • MATH 431 Advanced Calculus
  • STA 230 Probability
  • STA 250 Statistics
  • STA 611 Probability and Statistics
  • STA 601 Bayesian Statistics