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 4000 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 semesters 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 6696 (Thesis) classes?

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

Here you can find more information:

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

The program requires a total of 36 units. The research project counts for 6 units, which leaves 10 graduate courses.

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3. How many and which 4000 level courses can I take that will count for my degree?

Students may apply at most 12 units of 4000 level coursework toward satisfaction of the degree. Almost all EC 4000 level courses can be counted.  The following 4000 level courses cannot be counted EC 4400, 4401, 4402, 4403, 4462, 4463. 

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

Prior to taking any graduate level courses, students must complete all conditions listed in the course description. The following courses are frequently included: EC5501 Graduate Prep for Microeconomics (for EC 5550), EC 5503 Prep Macroeconomics (for EC 5551). EC 5502 Prep Econometrics (for EC 5552). 

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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 semester 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. 

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

Yes. 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 might be Subject to Disqualification. If the student does not achieve improvement, s/he will be disqualified from the program and must reapply.

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

If you are not enrolled for more than 1 semester you will be automatically disqualified.  However, you can petiton for a leave of absence before you exceed the 1 semester.

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10. Can I graduate without being enrolled?

No. You have to be enrolled in the semester 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 6696 (Thesis) classes?

Students are required to obtain a permission number to enroll for a thesis class. Please contact your advisor on obtaining the permission number.

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