Applied Economics (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (4.0 scale), or a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  2. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree but do not meet either of the above criteria may be admitted if they attain an appropriate minimum score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), attain an appropriate minimum score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or complete 6 credit hours of 500-level coursework at the college as an accepted premajor student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  3. Three letters of reference.
  4. A letter describing the applicant’s interest in the program.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (12 credit hours)
ECO 505HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT3
ECO 507APPLIED MICROECONOMIC THEORY3
ECO 508APPLIED MACROECONOMIC THEORY3
ECO 524APPLIED ECONOMETRICS3
Suggested Content Specialty Courses
Economic Policy Analysis Courses
Select three from the following:9
LABOR ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION
URBAN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
PUBLIC FINANCE
COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
Financial Economics Courses
Select three from the following:9
PUBLIC FINANCE
RISK MANAGEMENT
CAPITAL MARKETS
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
ESTATE PLANNING AND TAXATION
Other Elective Courses (3-9 credit hours) 1
Select 3-9 credit hours from the following:3-9
WORKSHOP IN ECONOMIC EDUCATION
ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION
ENGINEERING ECONOMY
Master's Project, Master's Thesis, or Comprehensive Examination (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following:3
MASTER'S PROJECT (1-6)
MASTER'S THESIS (1-6)
Comprehensive Examination
Total Credit Hours30

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours at the graduate level, including a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 600 level. Students also must complete required core courses and one of the following: a master’s project, a master’s thesis, or a comprehensive examination. A field of specialization is recommended but not required.