M.A. in Economics

The Masters Program prepares graduates for research and policy positions in government and business. Our teaching and research stress the importance of markets and institutions on political and socioeconomic outcomes. Although this program emphasizes general economics, it also guides students in the rigorous preparation necessary for doctoral programs.

Plan A (with Thesis)

Please refer to the Economics Catalog for details and specific course descriptions.

Plan B (without Thesis)

Core Courses (16 units)

Course Units
ECON 104 - Mathematical Methods for Economics 4 units
ECON 201 - Seminar in Microeconomic Analysis 3 units
ECON 203A - Economics Research Methods 3 units
ECON 205 - Workshop in Policy Analysis 3 units
Complete one course from:
ECON 202 - Seminar in Macroeconomic Analysis 3 units
ECON 235 - Seminar in Monetary Theory and Policy 3 units
Total Units 16 units

Additional Courses (12 units)

  • Approved 100- or 200-level courses.

    Courses may be at undergraduate level or outside of the department by pre-approval of Economics Graduate Advisor or Chair**

Culminating Experience (1 unit)

  • ECON 298E - Special Study Comprehensive Exam (1 unit)***
  • One additional Economics Elective (3 units)

32 Total units  

* Students must complete ECON 201 and ECON 202 (or ECON 235) with a grade of "B" or better. Students earning less than a B in any of these classes are allowed one attempt to retake and achieve the minimum grade.

** Students must not earn less than a B on any undergraduate course. Students earning less than a B in any undergraduate course are allowed one attempt to retake and achieve the minimum grade. (This does not apply to undergrad courses that are not re-taught within one year).

*** As an alternative to taking the Comprehensive Exam, the Department of Economics also offers a Thesis option, which is available to students who are in the M.A. program. 

Useful Economics Forms

Comprehensive Masters Exam

Economics MA Advisor

For graduate student advising, please see our Advising page.