Degree Requirements | Department of Economics

Degree Requirements

MS in Economics

Requirements of this program consist of a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work. These hours are composed of 15 hours of core economics courses and 9 hours of economics electives. The remaining 12 hours can be made up with a minor (at least 6 hours); 6 hours of supervised Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis, or 6 hours of additional graduate economics courses.

In order to graduate, all MS students must pass comprehensive exit exams in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics.


Required Courses

  • Advanced Macroeconomics (ECON 5330)
  • Advanced Microeconomics (ECON 5340)
  • Mathematical Economics (ECON 5600)
  • Multivariate Regression Analysis (ECON 5640)
  • Advanced Econometrics (ECON 5650)

9 hours of Economics Electives+

  • International Trade (ECON 5850)
  • Econometric Analysis of Panel Data (ECON 5655)
  • Time Series Econometrics & Forecasting (ECON 5660)


  • 6 hours of Problem (in Lieu of Thesis) or 6 additional hours of Economics electives


  • 6 hours in Minor Field

+The electives listed above are only suggestions. Students may choose from additional courses listed below.

++Some common minors selected by MS Economics students include finance, marketing, management, mathematics, and decision sciences.


Full-time students are expected to adhere to the coursework outline shown below:

First Fall Semester:
ECON 5600, Mathematical Economics
ECON 5640, Multivariate Regression Analysis
Economics Elective

First Spring Semester:
ECON 5340, Advanced Microeconomic Theory
ECON 5650, Advanced Econometrics
Economics Elective

Second Fall Semester:
ECON 5330, Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
Economics Elective
Economics Elective or optional Minor Field Course or optional Thesis/Problem in Lieu of Thesis

Second Spring Semester:
Economics Elective
Economics Elective
Economics Elective or optional Minor Field Course or optional Thesis/Problem in Lieu of Thesis

Graduate Courses offered by the Department of Economics

  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • Advanced Monetary Theory and Policy
  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • Econometric Analysis of Panel Data
  • Economic Concepts
  • Economic Development
  • Economics of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Empirical Econometrics
  • Empirical Linear Modeling
  • International Trade
  • Industrial Organization
  • Law and Economics
  • Macro Analysis
  • Managerial Economics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Micro Analysis
  • Multivariate Regression Analysis
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • Public Economics
  • Research Methods
  • Regulation
  • Seminar on Contemporary Economic Problems
  • Seminar on the History of Economic Thought
  • Time Series Econometrics and Forecasting

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