Lee Business School | Economics

Program Requirements

Each student in the MA program is assigned an advisor, once admitted to the program. Each student must meet with their advisor or the graduate coordinator each semester before enrolling in MA courses. Students should enroll in courses at least one month before classes begin.

The following items satisfy the minimum degree requirements. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA over the course of their studies.

Thirty semester credit hours must be completed, of which, 24 credits must be taken in the 700-level courses. Eighteen (18) credits of required courses in economics include:

  • Macroeconomic Theory (ECO-701; 3 credits)
  • Microeconomic Theory (ECO-702; 3 credits)
  • Mathematical Economics (ECO-740; 3 credits)
  • Statistical Modeling (ECO-770; 3 credits)
  • Econometrics (ECO-772; 3 credits)
  • Seminar in Research Methods (ECO-793; 3 credits)

Elective course work must include one to three additional courses in economics and may include up to two additional courses in a related discipline. Non-economic electives may include, but are not limited to, MBA courses in accounting, finance, or management information systems; courses in environmental studies; geographic information systems (GIS); or statistics. The graduate coordinator must approve all non-economics electives, and students must meet the prerequisites for these courses. Students interested in taking non-economics courses must get the prior approval of the graduate coordinator before enrolling in non-economics courses. Otherwise, such courses will not count toward their MA degree plan.

In addition to the coursework, students must complete and present a professional paper. To fulfill the professional-paper requirement, students may extend a paper completed during their course of study. The professional paper must contain an empirical component. To complete the professional paper, the economics department offers ECO-793, Seminar in Research Methods, each semester of the program. During the fall semester, students in their final year and full-time students participate in a one-credit seminar, followed by a two-credit seminar in the spring. Over the summer, the final component of the seminar requires that students participate in a three-credit workshop, at the end of which students present their completed professional papers. Students work closely with an economics faculty member and a committee on their professional papers.

Ambitious full-time students can complete the 30 credit hours required for the MA degree in twelve months. Part-time students typically take two years. Part-time students should pay special attention to prerequisites when enrolling in courses and should meet with their advisor or the graduate coordinator to determine the appropriate sequence of courses.

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