Concentrations

1.  Quantitative Methods in Economics

The Quantitative Methods in Economics concentration is designed for students who want to study quantitative methods in detail.  It is an ideal option for those students interested in applying quantitative modeling and methods for economic analysis in their chosen field or pursuing a Ph.D. after completion of the M.S. in Economics program.  This concentration can be completed in one and a half years of study.

Students in this concentration must complete the core curriculum for the M.S. in Economics and the thesis or research project.  In addition, they must complete:

  • ECON 6217: Advanced Microeconometrics
  • ECON 6219: Financial Econometrics

And two of the following:

  • ECON 6203: Financial Economic Theory
  • ECON 6206: Game Theory and Experiments
  • ECON 6235: Monetary and Financial Theory
  • ECON 6257: Applied Computational Economics

OR a combination of the above courses and approved electives that total 6 credit hours

2)  Applied Economic Analysis

The Applied Economic Analysis concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue a specialized course of study.  This concentration can be completed in one full year of study if the student chooses the thesis option.

Students in this concentration must complete the core curriculum for the M.S. in Economics and the thesis or research project. In addition, they must complete 12 hours of electives chosen from the fields of macroeconomics and monetary policy, finance and banking, environmental economics, international trade and international finance, economic modeling and simulation, urban economics, public finance and cost/benefit analysis, or economic and business forecasting. The program also permits the development of individualized specializations in areas that are complementary to economic theory and analysis.

3)  Financial Management

The Financial Management concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in corporate finance or financial planning. This concentration can be completed in one full year of study.

Students in this option must complete the core curriculum for the M.S. in Economics and the thesis or research project. In addition, they must complete:

  • FINN6152 Financial Management
  • FINN6153 Investment Management
  • FINN6157 Advanced Corporate Finance

and one of the following:

  • FINN6155 Multinational Financial Management
  • ECON6235 Monetary and Financial Theory
  • OR an approved elective

4)  Quantitative Financial Economics

The Quantitative Financial Economics concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in portfolio management or financial risk management. The Quantitative Financial Economics concentration can also provide an excellent foundation for students who wish to pursue additional graduate study leading to a doctoral degree in Finance. This option can be completed in one and a half years.

Students in this concentration must complete the core curriculum for the M.S. in Economics and the thesis or research project. In addition, they must complete:

  • ECON6203 Financial Economic Theory
  • ECON6219 Financial Econometrics
  • FINN6210 Derivatives I: Financial Elements of Derivatives

and one of the following:

  • FINN6211 Risk Management and Fixed Income Derivatives
  • ECON6235 Monetary and Financial Theory
  • OR An Approved Elective

Minor in Operations Research

The Department of Economics also participates in the program leading to an interdisciplinary graduate minor in Operations Research. See the Operations Research section of the UNC Charlotte Graduate Catalog for complete information and program requirements.