Participate in a unique master’s in economics program that continues to adapt and change based professional industry input, so that you will graduate with a competitive edge when seeking employment.

Master of Arts in Economics Information SheetTrain in state-of-the-art quantitative methods and with applied analytical tools through courses in multiple programming and statistics, as well as econometrics.

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

  • Business Data Analysis and Forecasting: For public and private sector employment focusing on data analysis
  • Financial Economics: For students pursuing careers in the financial services industry
  • General Economics: For Ph.D. program preparation

In addition to our industry-focused applied curriculum, you will gain 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.


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

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Program Overview

Program Starts

  • Spring (Mid-January)
  • Fall (Late-August)

Program Length

  • 11 courses, 33 credit hours
  • Complete courses at your own pace

Program Delivery

  • Classroom delivery
  • Evening classes

Class Size

  • Enrollment is limited to ensure that students receive personalized attention from faculty members

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Employers Who Recruit UTSA Economics Graduates
  • Andeavor
  • AT&T
  • BBVA
  • Capital Asset Exchange and Trading, LLC
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Frost Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • H-E-B
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Marathon Petroleum
  • Oracle
  • SWBC
  • USAA
  • Valero Energy Corporation

UTSA College of Business Economics Class

  • The wide range of classes in the program has allowed me to customize my degree plan and set myself up for great success in my future career. Looking back, I am so glad I chose UTSA over the other universities I was considering.

    Joel Hillner
    MA Economics'18

  • When the Federal Reserve hires analysts, it looks for candidates with strong technical skills who are adept at gathering and analyzing large amounts of data using R, SAS, and Python. The program at UTSA produces those types of candidates.

    Keith Phillips, Ph.D.
    Assistant Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Featured Courses
  • 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

Degree Requirements

How to Apply

The online application form is available through UTSA’s Future Roadrunner 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.
  • Current resume: Optional requirement. Include employment or other related experience.
  • Letters of reference: A minimum of two letters required. Students can submit a request for letters of recommendation through the online application. The application system will send their recommenders a rating form and a section for them to upload their letter.
  • Personal statement: Approximately 1-2 pages, there are no specific format requirements but your letter should identify why you are interested in this program at UTSA.
  • Requirement for standardized tests: GRE/GMAT are waived for Spring 2023 admission.
    • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts must be submitted with application materials. If your application is successful, official transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended by the end of your first semester. Transcripts must be received in a completely sealed envelope, or emailed directly from the issuing institution to be considered official.
      • Electronic official transcript submissions: graduate.documents@utsa.edu
      • Mailing address for official transcripts:
        • The University of Texas at San Antonio
          Attn: The Graduate School
          One UTSA Circle San Antonio, TX 78249
  • Required foreign credential evaluation: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with a mandatory evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America. An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • International applicant TOEFL/IELTS test scores: Until further notice, any applicants with a TOEFL/IELTS score on hand should submit their result (regardless of date) as part of the application. Applicants without TOEFL/IELTS scores, will complete alternate evaluations to demonstrate English proficiency following admission.

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Department Information

Main Office: BB 4.01.10
Phone: 210.458.4315
Fax: 210.458.5837
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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