Classes are offered fall, spring, and occasionally summer.
Not all classes are offered each semester.
Most required courses are offered during evening hours, in alternate years, to accommodate working students.
A limited summer schedule of graduate courses is available.
Areas of Specialization
Courses of study allow a concentration in one of three tracks: Economic Analysis, Financial Economics or International Economics. All three seek to provide students with analytical skills useful in decision making and a broader understanding of the overall economic environment.
The Economic Analysis subspecialty is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies in economics at the doctoral level.
Financial Economics includes course work in financial management and areas related to money and capital markets, monetary policy and financial and monetary institutions. It is particularly suited to those seeking employment in the financial sector.
International Economics is geared to those with an interest in the international economy, both from a business and policy perspective. Options provide as much flexibility as is compatible with a student's background and career interests.
All three specialization tracks require either a thesis (30 credit hours), or an independent research project and an additional course in the student's area of interest (33 credit hours).
The MA degree in economics is typically completed in four semesters, although completion in three semesters is not unusual.
The graduate coordinator or the department chairperson must approve the candidate's plan of study. All plans of study must include at least 18 hours of graduate level courses in economics or courses approved by the graduate coordinator. Courses identified as background fundamentals of the MBA program and other courses designated by the economics department may not be included in the hours required for the degree
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