MA in Economics - Financial Economics Track


  1. Academic four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Admission based primarily on grade point average (GPA) and background in economics.
  3. Admission to full standing requires a GPA of 2.750 on a 4.000 scale overall and for all courses in economics and required mathematics.
  4. Must have completed principles of macro- and microeconomics, plus one course in statistics and one in calculus. Additionally, students must have completed (or complete within one year of admission) intermediate level macro- and microeconomics. A minimum grade of C+ (2.300) or better is required for the two intermediate level classes as well as statistics and calculus.
  5. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  6. Non-native speakers of English must have received 550 on the paper-based, or 79 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or have an overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or have a score of 58 on the PTE-Academic, or have attended another U.S. university as a full-time student enrolled in academic courses for a minimum of one year, or have earned a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a U.S. university within two years of their proposed semester of admission.

Program Requirements

All three 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 credit 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.

In all tracks, at least 70 percent of credit hours must be at the 700–800 level. (The remaining hours may be at the 500–600 level.)

Core Courses
ECON 702Mathematical Methods in Economics3
ECON 731Applied Econometrics I3
ECON 801Macroeconomic Analysis3
ECON 802Microeconomic Analysis3
or ECON 804 Managerial Economics
ECON 803Analysis of Business Conditions and Forecasting3
or ECON 831 Applied Econometrics II
Required for the Track
FIN 850Managerial Finance3
ECON 740Monetary Economics and Policy3
Select one of the following:9-12
Three additional courses in economics or finance and a 3-credit-hour research project
Two additional courses in economics or finance that are track related and 3 credit hours of thesis
Total Credit Hours30-33