Sep 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Economics [M.A.]

The Master of Arts in Economics provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations and analytical tools that students need to be successful researchers, business leaders, economic consultants, and government policy analysts. The program exposes students to a variety of areas of economic study through course work, independent study and research. The general program enables students to choose any mix of elective courses in economics (with up to six hours of cognates upon approval) that meet their career goals.

Program Admission

Degree admission is available to applicants who:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Graduate Admission to the Office of Admissions including nonrefundable application fee, all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, TOEFL or other English test scores (international students only), and a personal statement indicating career goals and how this degree program prepares you to meet your career goals.
  2. Have earned the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Conditional admission is granted to those scheduled to complete their undergraduate degree before the start of their graduate studies.
  3. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program.
  4. Satisfy undergraduate course requirements of intermediate macroeconomics (ECON 411 ) and microeconomics (ECON 412 ), economic statistics (ECON 310 ), and calculus (MATH 119  or MATH 120 ) or equivalents with grades of at least B- in each. 

    International Transcripts - Students with non-U.S. post-secondary credentials must submit an evaluation of their international transcripts from one of four approved evaluation services for a detailed, course-by-course report. Applicants should allow 2-6 weeks for the completed evaluation. Please visit International Admissions for additional information.

    ​ Conditional Admission - Conditional admission may be granted to those who show promise of success in this master’s program but fail to meet one or more of the admission requirements listed above. Conditionally admitted students must overcome specified deficiencies in order to have their status changed to degree admission. No more than 12 hours of graduate coursework in economics taken by a student on conditional status may be counted toward the degree.

Department Information

Economics | Mehmet Yaya, Ph.D., Interim Department Head | 703 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.3395,

Advisor Information

David Crary, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, 703G Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0001,

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

The M.A. in Economics requires 30 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses and program courses as follows:

Required Courses: 15 hours

Students must complete the following required courses with a cumulative 3.0 GPA. 

Restricted Elective Courses: 15 hours

In consultation with the graduate advisor, students may select 15 credit hours of graduate economics courses, with up to six hours of approved cognate substitutions.