As a student beginning graduate work in economics, you should ordinarily have some undergraduate training that includes courses in the social sciences or business administration. However, a wide variety of areas of concentration relate to or provide appropriate background knowledge for advanced study in economics. If your undergraduate major is not economics or a related field, you will take a placement test to determine whether you need to take ECON 503 Microeconomics and/or ECON 504 Macroeconomics.
Undergraduate courses in principles of economics, statistics, intermediate micro and macro theory, and some quantitative orientation are ordinarily prerequisites for graduate work in this area, although you may be permitted to make up these deficiencies while pursuing a graduate program. Your undergraduate program must be approved by the department admissions committee before you begin graduate work. You are advised to take the Graduate Record Examination and submit scores with your application. If you are an international student, take the Test of English as a Foreign Language and submit scores with your application.
It is preferable that you enter the graduate program during the summer. It is possible, however, to enter the program in the fall. For financial assistance, it is advisable to apply before March 1 for the following summer quarter. We offer two degree programs: (1) The Applied Economics; and (2) The Financial Economics. For the first program you are required to:
Complete the four components of the program:
- Core requirements (35 credit hours).
- One field concentration (10 credit hours).
- Two elective courses in economics or in approved related areas (10 credit hours).
- Research paper in a topic within the student’s area of concentration (5 credit hours).
For the MFE program you are required to:
- complete a core requirement comprising ACCT 610, 611; MFE 500, 600, 601, 639, 640, 644; FIN 620, 621, 622,623, 650. Accounting courses are offered by the School of Accountancy and finance courses by the Department of Finance of the College of Business.
- complete an internship/research paper. (MFE 696/670).