Requirements & Courses

Requirements for the Economics MA Program


We primarily consider grades in undergraduate coursework. Typically applicants will have completed the following coursework:

  • Introductory and Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Introductory and Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

Students that have not completed the above required courses might be accepted conditionally. Those students will have to take the rest of the required courses at the undergraduate level within the school. In consultation with the MA Director they might simultaneously take a few graduate courses. Conditional admission depends on many factors including overall GPA, recommendation letters, personal statement and performance in the bachelor’s degree. 

  • Minimum TOEFL: All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores [500 (pBt), 61 (iBt)]. Please visit the Graduate Admissions page for more information.
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 or above.
  • GRE not Required for Admission


To apply to the MA program in Economics please follow the step-by-step process outlined on the Graduate Admissions website.

Spring - November 20th 
Fall - May 15th
Extended Deadline for Fall 2020-June 15th


Requirements for BA/MA Degree

The program offers highly qualified and motivated students the opportunity to earn their B.A. and M.A. degrees simultaneously.

Please note that:

  • To qualify, the students must have B+ or above in Calculus, Statistics, Intermediate Micro, Macro, and an overall B+ GPA
  • The students must complete 36 M.A. credits, some of which may count towards the fulfillment of undergraduate field and capstone requirements
  • BA/MA students can attain both degrees with 120 credits since the 36 MA credits count toward both. Therefore you should have fewer than 84 credits before you pursue this option
  • You need to maintain an overall 3.0 across all credits to receive a joint degree. BA-MA students must meet requirements of both degrees
  • Each student has different financial aid implications; it has to be determined on a case-by-case basis. In general, students pay graduate tuition after 120 credits

If you meet the requirements and are interested please contact Dr. Marta Bengoa Calvo at

Degree Requirements

Students may pursue one of two options:

Option A – No Thesis: 36 credits.
Option B – Thesis: 33 credits and a thesis.

The decision should be made at least one semester prior to the completion of the program.

Required Courses

B0000: Microeconomic Analysis, 3 credits
B1000: Macroeconomic Analysis, 3 credits
B2000: Statistics and Introduction to Econometrics, 3 credits
B2100: Foundations of Empirical Research, 3 credits

Elective Courses

Option A – No Thesis
Additional graduate courses 24
Option B – Thesis
B9900: Thesis Research 3
Additional graduate courses 21


Click here to see the full list of courses offered in the program.

Additional Requirements

GPA: Course work must be completed with a grade average of B or better.
The required courses, B0000, B1000, and B2000 must be completed with B- or better grade

Last Updated: 10/16/2023 12:29