Program Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in Economics requires successful completion of seven core classes and three elective classes.  In addition, each student will be required to write a research paper in one of her/his three elective classes.  The research paper will have to demonstrate mastery of the field, along with the ability to think originally and to convey results clearly in writing. 

In order to maintain good standing in the program, students must be making steady progress towards completing the degree, and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better in all economics MA courses.  Additionally, as per the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences guidelines, students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all courses that they are registered for. For a complete description of the requirements for good academic standing see:

Students who do not maintain the required 3.0 GPA, beginning in the first semester in the program, must meet with the Program Director. At the meeting, the Program Director will explain to the student what requirements must be fulfilled in the next semester in order to regain good standing. Students who do not satisfy the requirements in the next semester may not be allowed to continue in the program.  Students who find themselves in academic difficulty should contact the Program Director as soon as possible.

For the academic year 2016-2017 students are expected to finish the requirements for completion of the degree within the course of one year which includes a Fall, Spring, and Summer semester. Requirements for the degree include completion of the required coursework, maintaining the minimum GPA, successful completion of the research paper, and maintaining good standing in the department.

*Note* Beginning in fall 2017 the program will change to a format where the third semester will be offered in the fall of a second year instead of the summer. Students will satisfy the course requirements for the M.A. degree by taking four required classes in the fall, three required classes and one elective in the spring, and two electives in the fall of a second year. 

For a description of courses, see our class listings


  • GR5211 Microeconomic Analysis I
  • GR5212 Microeconomic Analysis II
  • GR5215 Macroeconomic Analysis I
  • GR5216 Macroeconomic Analysis II
  • GR5410 Mathematical Methods for Economists
  • GR5411 Econometrics I
  • GR5412 Econometrics II


Students are required to take three out of these six elective courses:

  • GR5218 Advanced Microeconomics
  • GR5220 Advanced Macroeconomics
  • GR5311 Economic Policy Analysis
  • GR5415 Advanced Econometrics
  • GR5711 Financial Economics
  • GR5911 International Economics


Classes in the M.A. program In AcademIC Year 2016-2017 will be offered as follows:

Fall Semester:

  • Mathematical Methods for Economists
  • Microeconomic Analysis I
  • Macroeconomic Analysis I
  • Econometrics I

Spring Semester:

  • Elective
  • Microeconomic Analysis II
  • Macroeconomic Analysis II
  • Econometrics II

Summer Semester:

  • Elective
  • Elective