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Darla Moore School of Business

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Master of Arts in Economics

Study real-world economics and finance issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

One year. Significant benefits. Substantial results.

The Moore School's Master of Arts in Economics program combines a solid foundation in economics or financial economics with an emphasis on applying that knowledge to real-world situations. While our program will prepare you for careers as professional economists in government and business, some graduates also use the degree as a springboard toward further education in law or a doctoral degree in business or economics.

The South Carolina MAEcon Difference

The MAEcon program is compact — just 10 courses, or three semesters, for most students — but powerful, with course offerings that allow you the flexibility to match your particular interests with the classes you take. Vastly increase your skillset and see a significant salary increase — all the result of investing one additional year beyond your bachelor’s degree.

Our program allows you to:

  • Prepare for a career as a professional economist or financial analyst in government or business
  • Work with national thought leaders who are experts in banking and finance as well as state, national and international economics
  • Develop real-world economic and finance experience, covering a vast array of industry-related topics: sales and revenue forecasting, marketplace trend analysis, econometric modeling, and more — all of which are among the most sought-after skills in business and government

Choose the track that best suits your needs

Economics Track

Students in the economics track will select three electives within the Department of Economics. Three electives may also be taken outside of the Department of Economics.

Thesis Track

If a student chooses the thesis track, he or she will take two electives from within the Department of Economics and two general electives. In addition, anyone in the thesis track will complete six credit hours of thesis work.

Financial Economics Track

Students opting for the financial economics track will have three core finance courses: Derivative Securities, Financial Policies and Investment Management.  Students will also choose three electives from the available finance course offerings.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students in the MAEcon program can take advantage of various study abroad options during their time at the Moore School. The most popular courses are offered over Spring Break and Maymester.

“The Moore School’s Master of Arts in Economics program prepares students for a rapidly changing world. Its focus on economic fundamentals, combined with real-world applications, has given me the skills to speak confidently in any setting — from over morning coffee to the pages of the Wall Street Journal.”

Matt Moore, chairman
South Carolina Republican Party
MAEcon '14

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.