Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Applied Economics program consists of 30 credit hours. This includes a 3-credit-hour independent research project. The graduate coordinator or the department chairperson must approve the candidate's plan of study. Courses identified as background fundamentals of the MBA program and other courses designated by the economics department may not be included in the hours required for the degree.

Most required courses are offered during evening hours, sometimes in alternate years, to accommodate working students. Classes are offered fall, spring, and occasionally summer. Not all classes are offered each semester. A limited summer schedule of graduate courses is available.

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Graduate Student Core Courses

Econ 722. Topics in Microeconomics (3)
Econ 731. Applied Econometrics (3)
Econ 801. Macroeconomic Analysis (3)
Econ 704. Behavioral Economics and Managerial Desisions (3)
Econ 803. Analysis of Business Conditions & Forecasting (3)
Econ 893. Research Project (3)

In all tracks, at least 70 percent of total program credit hours must be at the 700-800 level. The remaining hours may be at the 500-600 level.

Areas of Specialization

Courses of study allow a concentration in one of the following areas: General / No Concentration, Data Analytics, Financial Economics or International Economics. All three seek to provide students with analytical skills useful in decision making and a broader understanding of the overall economic environment.

General / No Concentration Requirements

The general / no-concentration option is available for students who want to to customize their program of study.

In addition to the core, four additional classes in economics or courses approved by the Graduate Coordinator (12).

Data Analytics Requirements

The Data Analytics concentration combines the core with coursework from management information systems, decision sciences and related areas.

Choose three of the following: 

MIS 600. Database Management Systems or MIS 885. Database Planning and Management (3)
DS 675. Spreadsheet Modeling for Decision Making or DS 875. Spreadsheet Modeling in Business (3)
MIS 750. Business Intelligence and Analytics (3)
MGMT 803. Business Decision Making and Analysis or MKT 803. Marketing Analysis (3)

Plus, one additional course approved by the Graduate Coordinator from economics, statistics, business or engineering (3).

Financial Economics Requirements

Financial Economics includes course work in financial management and areas related to money and capital markets, monetary policy and financial and monetary institutions. It is particularly suited to those seeking employment in the financial sector.

Fin 850. Managerial Finance (3)

Plus, three additional courses in Economics or Finance and approved by the Graduate Coordinator (9).

International Economics Requirements

International Economics is geared to those with an interest in the international economy, both from a business and policy perspective.

Econ 672. International Economics and Business (3)
Econ 674. International Finance (3)
Econ 870. International Capital Markets (3)

Plus, one additional economics / international related course approved by the Graduate Coordinator (3).