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. Effective Fall 2018, it is the policy of The Graduate School that undergraduate courses (499 or lower) do not count towards the M.A.P.E. degree or a student's GPA. Undergraduate courses taken before Fall 2018 do count towards the M.A.P.E. degree (given a grade of B- or better) and GPA. Courses that are cross-listed as both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses count towards the M.A.P.E. degree and a student's GPA only if they have a separate, more rigorous syllabus for graduate students. It is the student's responsibility to verify that this is the case before enrolling in any cross-listed courses.