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Master of Arts in Economics

The Master of Arts in Economics is a flexible degree that can meet a wide range of student needs. The program allows students to pursue a traditional approach as preparation for entry into a doctoral program or an applied approach geared toward policy analysis in a specialized area.

Graduates have successfully completed Ph.D. programs at universities across the nation. Others have become economics professors, chosen research and analysis positions in government and private business firms, and some have pursued careers in general business management.

Students are trained in theory and research methods and take several courses emphasizing business or government policy analysis in chosen specialty areas. An independent research program is required in permitting students to apply theory and empirical techniques to real world problems.

Interdisciplinary training is encouraged as well. The program can be adapted for students with diverse backgrounds in a course of study combining economics with graduate courses in sociology, political science, computer science, statistics, finance, marketing research or public administration.

It is a 30 hour program that can be completed in a 12 month period, although most students take somewhat longer. There are three parts to the program of study:

Four required courses
ECON 625 Introduction to Mathematical Economics
ECON 701 Advanced Economic Analysis: Microeconomics
ECON 703 Advanced Economic Analysis: Macroeconomics
ECON 706 Econometrics I

Four or five elective courses are chosen to fit the interest and objectives of the individual student. Two or three of these may be from outside fields such as political science, finance, or marketing.

Independent Research
Students conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a member of the economics graduate faculty. This may be with a thesis or non-thesis option. The objective is to gain experience in applying economic theory and empirical techniques to real-world problems.

For more information, please contact Dr. David Selover, Director, at 757-683-3541 or dselover@odu.edu.