MA in Economics At a Glance
- 30 credit hours. Complete in as little as 18 months or at your own pace.
- Spring or fall admissions; rolling acceptance. GRE scores and bachelor’s degree in economics not required.
- Designated as a STEM degree program.
- Program Director: Prof. Ralph Sonenshine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I be admitted to the MA in economics program if I do not have a BA in economics?
Yes! Prior to enrolling in any MA courses, however, students must show that they have met the prerequisites for the program including: Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON-300) and Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON-301) (or Introduction to Economic Theory (ECON-603); Basic Statistics (ECON-202); and Applied Calculus (ECON-211). We are happy to waive these prerequisites for students who have completed comparable courses from another institution. Prerequisite credits are not counted toward your degree.
How much flexibility do students have in creating their own curriculum?
All MA students must complete 15 credit hours of core courses, including Introduction to Mathematical Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Econometrics I and II. Students choose from one of five tracks: General, Development Economics, Gender Analysis in Economics, Financial Economic Policy, and Business Economics. Depending on the track chosen, students complete their degree by taking an additional 15 to 21 credits of electives or required courses.
How long does it take to earn an MA in Economics?
Full-time students typically complete the program in two years or less, taking nine credit hours per semester. For part-time students, it will take longer to complete the required 30 to 36 credit hours.
Students must complete 30 to 36 hours of approved graduate work, depending on the specific track chosen by the student. Full-time students typically enroll in 9 credit hours per semester, which allows students to complete the program in as little as 1.5 to 2 years. Part-time students choose to take fewer than 9 credit hours per semester. All of our MA courses are offered in the evening.
Does the program have an online option?
AU offers an online MA in Economics with a specialization in Applied Economics.