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

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Marketable Skills

Marketable skills for this degree include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas, that are valued by employers, and are primary or complementary to the major. The marketable skills goal was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers. UNT's marketable skills were faculty-developed and approved by employers or discipline-specific agencies, e.g., internship providers, chambers of commerce, workforce development boards, and other workforce-related entities. For information on these marketable skills -