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College of Business Administration

Department of Economics

480 Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2366


The Master of Arts in Economics, with concentrations in Economic Analysis and Financial Economics, provides excellent preparation for a career as an analyst in government or the private sector, and for doctoral study.

One distinct advantage of the Economic Analysis concentration is its focus on the development of strong analytical and quantitative skills. Students are well-trained in the application of economic theory and methods of statistical analysis.

The Financial Economics concentration is primarily designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the financial services industry, including commercial banking, investment banking, insurance, real estate and financial advising.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), GMAT or GRE, goal statement, three letters of recommendation, resume and TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or PTE, if applicable.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework, or a minimum of 24 hours of coursework and a thesis.

Students entering the program will be expected to have completed undergraduate courses in intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, differential calculus and statistics. Any deficiencies must be made up before the start of the program. These background courses do not count toward the 30 hours required for the degree.

Both the Financial Economics and Economic Analysis tracks are built upon a set of core courses in economic theory and econometrics. The student then takes elective courses in areas such as international economics, economic development, monetary economics, labor economics, public sector economics or several courses in the Department of Finance, depending on the track chosen.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply fundamental economic concepts.
  2. Formulate and test hypotheses.
  3. Conceptualize and analyze problems using economic reasoning.
  4. Access and use appropriate information.
  5. Use analytic and quantitative techniques that are used extensively in economics.
  6. Demonstrate analytic and quantitative skills. 

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