Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree program in Economics requires at least 30 hours of graduate credit, with a maximum of six hours of transfer credit accepted from an accredited institution. (Credit applied toward an awarded graduate degree will not be accepted as transfer credit.) Courses taken at other accredited institutions after enrollment may receive residence credit if approved by the department and the Dean of the Graduate School. All credit hours applied toward the degree must be in courses open only to graduate students. No more than two C’s are permitted in the program and at least 18 semester hours must be completed before admission to candidacy. A GPA of at least 3.0 is required to graduate.

The program is organized into three curriculum components:

  1. A core curriculum in economic theory and quantitative methods (12 hours)
  2. A concentration to be selected from one of the four described here (12 hours)
  3. A research project or thesis (6 hours)

Full course descriptions, including prerequisites, are available on the Course Descriptions page.

Core Courses

  • ECON6201 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON6202 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON6112 Graduate Econometrics
  • ECON6218 Advanced Business and Economic Forecasting

In addition, students who choose to complete a thesis must successfully complete six hours of ECON 6999 (Master’s Thesis), while students enrolled in the non-thesis option must complete ECON 6901 and ECON 6902 (Research Methods I and Research Methods II).


Prior to, or concurrent with the first semester of study, each student is expected to complete a program of study, listing each class the student expects to take as a part of the program. The program of study requires the approval of the program director.


Students who choose the thesis track must successfully complete six hours of ECON 6999 (Master's Thesis). The thesis must be written and defended within six calendar years after admission into the M.S. in Economics program. The Thesis Committee, which must be approved by the program director, will consist of a Chair and at least two other faculty members. ECON 6999 is graded on an A, B, C, or U basis.