Economics BA/MA

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


The following requirements are in addition to the requirements to obtain a BA in Economics.  Students must have completed ECON 381-1 Econometrics and ECON 381-2 Econometrics as part of their BA degree.

Total Units Required for the Master's Degree: 9
Course Title
Core Courses
ECON 401-0Mathematical Methods of Economic Theory
ECON 410-1Microeconomics
ECON 411-1Macroeconomics
ECON 410-2
ECON 410-3
and Microeconomics
or ECON 411-2
ECON 411-3
and Macroeconomics
Economic History or Development
One of those listed below
Topics in Economic History
Economic History of the United States Before 1865
Economic History of the United States 1865 to Present
Western Economic History
Economic Growth & Development
The Economics of Developing Countries
Economic Development in Africa
American Economic History
European Economic History
Development Economics
Development Economics
Development Economics
Three additional approved Economics (300- or 400-level) courses. Can include one unit of ECON 499-0 for students writing an independent thesis.
 Other MA Degree Requirements
  • Examinations: final oral examination
  • Research/Projects: none specified
  • Master's Thesis: A thesis, either an independent one for the MA or one for honors in Economics or Math Methods in the Social Sciences  that is administered through those programs under an Economics advisor. The thesis must be an original piece of economic research of journal-article length. The thesis must be submitted no later than four weeks before the end of the student’s final quarter and found acceptable by two graduate faculty readers. A final oral examination on the thesis is conducted by the faculty readers. Students writing an independent thesis must enroll in ECON 499-0 Independent Study for the quarter in which the thesis is submitted. Students writing a suitable thesis for honors in their undergraduate degree must register for an additional graduate-level (300 or 400-level) economics course that is selected in consultation with, and approved by, the Director of Undergraduate Studies.