The 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


MA Eco BrochureAdmissions Requirements

Must complete university-wide graduate admission requirements in addition to the following.

  • A completed application form
  • A statement of academic and personal goals
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (no more than five years old)
  • Letters of reference

Department of EconomicsGraduate Studies Attend an Info SessionDegree Requirements


  • 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 MA Economics Graduates: $102,490