College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Graduate Students

Master of Science in Economics Program

The Master of Science in Economics Program (MS) was established by the Economics Department in 1967 to offer intensive education in economic theory and quantitative analysis. 36 semester-units are required to complete the degree. Students are trained in core courses and fields that make them job-ready or prepare them for a Ph.D. program as they graduate with state-of-the-art skills and knowledge. For students who don’t have a sufficient undergraduate background in economics, preparation classes in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Quantitative Analysis are offered, which can be counted towards the 36-semester-unit requirement. All students will take the four required graduate core courses:

  • EC 5550 (Graduate Microeconomics)
  • EC 5551 (Graduate Macroeconomics)
  • EC 5552 (Graduate Econometrics I)
  • EC 5553 (Graduate Econometrics II)

In addition, the program offers graduate classes in specialized subjects including Money and Capital Markets, International Trade and Finance, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and Economic Planning. Students in the program may take up to 12 units (4 courses) of 4000 level economics courses as electives. As a cumulative experience, students complete either a research project or a master thesis. Graduate courses are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals. The program is designed to allow most students to earn their degree in 4 semesters.

Graduate Student Advising

For information on graduate academic advising, please visit the Graduate Advising page.

Powerpoints from Orientation

Graduate Student Handbook and Forms for Petitions (see left panel on Graduate Studies web site)