The UTSA Master of Arts degree in Economics is a 33-credit hour graduate program with three distinct concentrations.

  • Business Data Analysis & Forecasting–positions students for public and private sector employment focusing on data analysis
  • Financial Economics–designed for students pursuing careers in the financial services industry
  • General Economics–prepares students for Ph.D. programs

Our program is unique in that the curriculum is designed based on professional industry input, and it is continually updated to adapt to changes in industry so that students have a competitive edge when seeking employment. One of the primary focuses of the program is to train students in state-of-the-art quantitative methods and with applied analytical tools by taking the following required courses.

  • Multiple programming and statistics courses
    • Advanced Statistical Learning/Data Mining in R
    • Advanced Programming and Data Management in SAS
    • Data Analytics with Python
  • Three econometrics courses taken in sequence
    • Econometrics and Business Forecasting–econometric theory and modeling
    • Applied Econometrics–panel data and time series analysis
    • Capstone Econometrics–big data analysis and forecasting for industry

In addition to our industry-focused applied curriculum, students are exposed to a strong foundation of economic theory. All students are required to take a common set of core courses that includes Microeconomics Theory, Macroeconomics Theory, Mathematical Economics and Econometrics and Business Forecasting.

Key Program Features

  • Courses are offered in the evening to allow students to complete the program at their own pace in as little as three semesters
  • A quantitative background and some undergraduate exposure to economics courses are required to enter the program, but a degree in economics or finance is not required
  • Enrollment in this program is limited to ensure that students receive personalized attention from faculty members

Earn your Master of Arts in Economics degree from a top-ranked business school–the UTSA College of Business in San Antonio, Texas.

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How to Apply

The online application form is available through UTSA’s Graduate School website, and it may be saved and updated until you are ready to pay the application fee and submit.

In addition to the application requirements below, applicants must also meet university-wide graduate admission requirements.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form: Includes loading all required documents, paying your application fee and clicking on the “Submit” button
  • Letters of reference
  • Statement of academic and personal goals: Approximately 1-2 pages, there are no specific format requirements
  • Requirement for standardized tests: GRE/GMAT are waived for Summer and Fall 2020 admission
  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts must be submitted with application materials. If your application is successful, official transcripts are required by the end of your first semester.
  • International applicant TOEFL test scores: Until further notice, any applicants with a TOEFL score on hand should submit their result (regardless of date) as part of the application. Applicants without TOEFL scores, will complete alternate evaluations to demonstrate English proficiency following admission.

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  • Advanced Statistical Learning/Data Mining in R
  • Advanced Programming & Data Management in SAS
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Banking & the Financial Services Industry
  • Big Data Analysis & Forecasting for Industry
  • Data Analytics with Python
  • Econometrics and Business Forecasting
  • Financial Economics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Modeling of Financial Decision Making
  • Macroeconomic Issues
  • Microeconomic Theory

Median Salary For UTSA MA Economics Graduates: $102,490