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Economics [M.A.]

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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 various areas of economic study through coursework, independent study, and research. The general program enables students to choose any mix of elective economics courses (with up to six hours of cognates upon approval) that meet their career goals.

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Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Satisfy undergraduate course requirements of intermediate macroeconomics (ECON 411 ), intermediate microeconomics (ECON 412 ), economic statistics (ECON 310 ), and calculus (MATH 119  or MATH 120 ) or equivalents with grades of at least B- in each.

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 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, myaya@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Mehmet E. Yaya​, Ph.D., Department Head, 703A Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0007, myaya@emich.edu

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.

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