College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Graduate Students FAQ

  1. If I don't find the answers to my questions on this list where else can I go look?
  2. How many courses do I need to take to complete the program?
  3. How many and which 400 level courses can I take that will count for my degree?
  4. What are the pre-requisites for the graduate courses?
  5. Do I need to re-enroll in a class in which I have an Incomplete?
  6. What is a graduate contract?
  7. Do I have to maintain a B (3.0) average?
  8. What happens if my GPA goes below 3.0?
  9. How many consecutive quarters can I not be enrolled?
  10. Can I graduate without being enrolled?
  11. How long do I have to change my "Incomplete" grade?
  12. What if I receive an Incomplete grade?
  13. Where can I find information about the thesis?
  14. How do I register for EC 696 (Thesis), EC 697 (Comp. Exam) and other EC 69x classes?
  15. What are the comprehensive exams?

1. If I don't find the answers to my questions on this list where else can I go look?

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2. How many courses do I need to take to complete the program?

Depending on the student's admission status, the program requires a total of 45 units. This is a minimum of 10 to 11 courses.

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3. How many and which 400 level courses can I take that will count for my degree?

Students may apply at most 16 units of 400 level coursework toward satisfaction of the degree. Almost all EC 400 level courses can be counted. EC 502 can also be counted (but not if EC 421 is counted or if EC 502 was taken after EC 652/EC653). The following 400 level courses cannot be counted EC 400, 401, 402, 403, 462, 463. EC 501 can also not be counted.

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4. What are the pre-requisites for the graduate courses?

Prior to taking any graduate level courses, students that are admitted to the program conditionally must complete all conditions listed on their admission letter. The following courses are frequently included: EC499 Graduate Prep for Microeconomics, EC 502 Prep Econometrics and EC 403 Macroeconomics.

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5. Do I need to re-enroll in a class in which I have an Incomplete?

No, a student must not re-enroll in the class in which they received an Incomplete grade.The student must complete the work assigned by their instructor, then based on the results of then completed work, the instructor will change the grade.

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6. What is a graduate contract?

A graduate contract is a list of the courses that you will need to take to complete the program. You and your advisor will sign the contract. This way you can make sure that the courses you are planning to take will count towards your degree. A graduate contract should be made by the student in their second quarter of enrollment in the program. The contract outlines which classes the student takes throughout the course of the program. A hold placed on students' registration when they start in the program. It will be activated at the end of the second quarter.

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7. Do I have to maintain a B (3.0) average?

Yes. Unconditional and Conditional graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in all upper division and graduate coursework. A student must maintain a B average on all classes included on the graduate contract as well as a B average on all other courses taken at the university.

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8. What happens if my GPA goes below 3.0?

If a student's GPA goes below 3.0 for a quarter, the student has one quarter to make up their GPA to be above 3.0. If the student does not achieve this, they will be disqualified from the program and must reapply.

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9. How many consecutive quarters can I not be enrolled?

If you are not enrolled for more than 2 quarters (this includes Summer) you will be automatically disqualified. In practice this means you cannot interrupt (being not enrolled) for more than one quarter because you cannot enroll in Summer. However, you can petiton for a leave of absence before you exceed the 2 quarters.

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10. Can I graduate without being enrolled?

No. You have to be enrolled in the quarter you graduate otherwise your graduation is deferred. If you don't want to take a course you can enroll in a 0 unit course, but you still have to pay fees. Contact the Registrar's office for questions about the fees.

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11. How long do I have to change my "Incomplete" grade?

The general university policy states that students must complete the work for the incomplete course within a period of one calendar year, beginning the end of the term in which the "I" was assigned. Failure to complete the assigned work will result in an "I" being converted to an "IC" grade. The grade of "IC" has the effect of a failing grade on the student's grade point average and progress point computation.

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12. What if I receive an Incomplete grade?

After one year an Incomplete grade turns automatically into an F (or to the grade predetermined by the instructor when assigning the Incomplete). Note, the change to an F is not easy to spot on your transcript. Make sure that your instructor assigns a grade before the one year period.

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13. Where can I find information about the thesis?

For students who choose to complete a thesis, they can find information on the Economics website. It is located on the study guide PDF under "Guidelines for Master's Thesis."

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14. How do I register for EC 696 (Thesis), EC 697 (Comp. Exam) and other EC 69x classes?

Due to some policies changes, students are required to obtain a permission number to enroll for classes. Please contact your advisor on obtaining the permission number.

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15. What are the comprehensive exams?

Comprehensive exams cover micro and macro economic theory, econometrics, and the student's primary field of specialization.

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