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Darla Moore School of Business


The Master of Arts in Economics program is designed to prepare students for careers as a professional economists or financial analysts in government or business. The program also serves as an avenue toward further graduate work in the field of economics or finance. Students may select from the Economics, Financial Economics or Thesis tracks.


  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Calculus

Economics Core Courses

  • ECON 712 (three hours): Applied Macroeconomics
  • ECON 711 (three hours): Applied Microeconomics
  • ECON 736 (three hours): Applied Econometrics
  • STAT 700 (three hours): Applied Statistics I

Economics Track

Students who choose the Economics Track may choose to focus on the department’s strengths in international economics and economic growth or the applied microeconomic areas of health, labor and environmental economics.  Students in this area will take six electives beyond the core. Three electives (nine hours) may be taken outside of economics.

Financial Economics Track

Students in the Financial Economics Track may specialize in corporate finance, investments or risk management. In addition to the economics core courses, students will take FINA 760: Financial Policies, FINA 761: Advanced Financial Management and FINA 762: Investment Management. Students will also enroll in three other electives courses (nine hours) in finance.

Thesis Track

Typically students selecting the Thesis Track intend to pursue a Ph.D. in economics or finance. Students who chose this option will work with a faculty member and be required to write a thesis in an area of research of their choosing. Students in this area will take four electives (12 hours) and enroll in six hours of thesis preparation. Two electives (six hours) may be taken outside of economics or finance.

Comprehensive Exam

Students are required to pass a comprehensive exam which covers the three core economics courses.