Master's Degree in Economics

About the Program

The master’s degree offered in the Department of Economics prepares graduates for a diverse set of careers, from government, business, and non-profit to further graduate studies. The program aims to fulfill a specific educational need: technical training for jobs that require strong analytical skills in Economics. The program shows a path in this rich range of possibilities that today’s labor markets offer for career development.

The minimum requirement of the master's degree is 30 credits. 

The master's degree program can require a master's thesis, make the thesis optional, or decline to offer a thesis. A thesis is always required for students who pursue a master’s degree outside of their area of study for their intended PhD program. No more than 6 credits toward the terminal master's degree can be awarded for master's thesis research. No more than 15 units of master's thesis research may be applied to a master's degree earned en route to a PhD program. A master's thesis must be defended before a committee of no fewer than three faculty members. A master's degree without a thesis must include an examination that tests competence in the field of study. Degree programs are free to include additional requirements. Master's students must also maintain satisfactory academic progress and fulfill residence requirements.

STEM certified 45.0603

Master Program Management Committee:
Director of Graduate Studies - Master's Program: Brian Rogers
Associate Director of Graduate Studies - Master's Program: Grace Johnson
Members: Michele Boldrin, Francisco (Paco) Buera, George-Levi Gayle, Grace Johnson, John Nachbar, Dorothy Petersen, Ping Wang, Jonathan Weinstein

Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty are deeply committed to our students and their success in and out of the classroom. They conduct groundbreaking work and collaborate to shape the future of our university, our region, and our world.

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Our program is designed to accommodate students of varying educational backgrounds. For more information about pre-requisites, please consult the Q&A section.

The application involves submission of:

  1. An application form
  2. An application fee
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate work
  5. TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose native language is not English

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2024.

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Graduate Student Resources


For more information, contact Program Administrator Shauna McCann.