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Master of Arts Degree in Economics

The degree curriculum consists of a core as well as two options: Global Economics and Financial Economics. The Global Economics option equips students with current knowledge of the global economy, together with investigative and technical skills, for business economic analysis desired by consulting companies, government agencies, multinational business corporations, and international organizations.

The Financial Economics option provides students with essential analytical and technical skills in both economics and financial analyses desired by consulting firms, securities companies, and other related businesses in investment services such as investment banking, mutual funds, and insurance.

Requirements for the Degree (45 units)

The 45-unit program consists of core requirements, which are to be taken together with either the Financial Economics or the Global Economics option. A minimum of 23 units must consist of 500-level courses.

Core Courses (24 units)
ECON 401      Mathematical Economics (4)
ECON 414      Econometrics (4)
ECON 415      Applied Economic and Business Forecasting (4)
ECON 510      Seminar: Applied Microeconomic Analysis (4)
ECON 514      Seminar: Econometric Analysis and Applications (4)
ECON 520      Seminar: Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy (4)

Important message regarding WPE/GWAR: The University policy is that all the graduate students should take the WPE (Writing Proficiency Exam)/GWAR (Univ 400 - Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement) within the first three terms of their graduate program.

Options
Select one of the following options for 16-21 units depending on whether the student takes a comprehensive examination or write a thesis. Electives are determined in conference with a graduate adviser to meet students' professional objectives.

Financial Economics Option (16-21 units)
Required Courses (12 units)
FIN 530     Seminar: Business Finance (4)
FIN 531     Seminar: Financial Institutions (4)
FIN 533     Seminar: International Finance (4)

Electives (4-9 units), select from the following:
ECON 462     International Monetary Economics (4)
ECON 521     Seminar: International Macroeconomics and Currency Crises (4)
ECON 598     Graduate Directed Study (1)
FIN 434        Financial Management (4)
FIN 534        Seminar: Portfolio Management (4)
FIN 535        Seminar: Speculative Securities and Markets (4)

Other 400- and 500-level courses may be used with prior adviser approval. A sufficient number of units must be at the 500 level to bring total 500-level units for core and electives to at least 23. A student may take ECON 598 only once and for no more than one unit. For more information about the culminating experience requirement below, consult the department's graduate adviser.

Culminating Experience (0, 5 units)
BUS 596        Comprehensive Examination (0) or
ECON 599AB  Thesis (2, 3)

Global Economics Option (16–21 units)

Required Courses (12 units)
ECON 521     Seminar: International Macroeconomics and Currency Crises (4)
ECON 560     Seminar: Current Issues in Economic Development (4)
ECON 561     Seminar: International Economics (4)

Electives (4–9 units)

Select from the following
ECON 426     International Political Economy (4)
ECON 460     Economics of Developing Countries (4)
ECON 461     Economics of International Trade (4)
ECON 462     International Monetary Economics (4)
ECON 490     Issues in the Economics of Globalization (4)
ECON 526     Seminar: International Political Economy (4)
ECON 590     Seminar: Contemporary Economics Analysis and Policy (4)
ECON 598     Graduate Directed Study (1)
FIN 533        Seminar: International Finance (3)

Other 400- or 500-level courses may be used with prior adviser approval. A sufficient number of units must be at the 500 level to bring the total 500-level units for core and electives to at least 23. A student may take ECON 598 only once and for no more than one unit. For more information about the culminating experience requirement below, consult the department's graduate adviser.

Culminating Experience (0, 5 units)
BUS 596        Comprehensive Examination (0) or
ECON 599AB    Thesis (2, 3)

All 400-level courses may be applied toward master’s degree requirements subject to limits established by the department and approval of the graduate adviser

Classified graduate standing and approval by the College of Business and Economics Advisement Center are required for admission to all 500-level courses.

ECON 500 MBA Economics (4)

Economics for MBA students: markets, demand, consumer behavior, nature of firms, measuring economic activity, inflation unemployment, money and banking, and the role of the government. Some sections may be technologically mediated.

ECON 501 Quantitative Methods for Business Decision - Making (4)

Statistics and quantitative methods including descriptive statistics, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, time series forecasting, inventory models, simulation, queuing, and decision under uncertainty. Some sections may be technologically mediated.

ECON 502 Economic Analysis and Business Operations (4)

Tools, concepts, and factual data used by economists in solving specific business problems; case method applications of principles, analytical tools, and sources of economic information to practical business situations.

ECON 510 Seminar: Applied Microeconomic Analysis (4)

Prerequisite: ECON 410. Introduction to modern microeconomic theory and applications: empirical modeling of demand, cost, and production; practical illustrations of such applied topics as pricing practices of firms and public policy issues.

ECON 511 Seminar: Advanced Microeconomic Theory (4)

Prerequisite: ECON 510. Continuation of ECON 510 with emphasis on general equilibrium analysis, capital theory, and intertemporal resource allocation.

ECON 514 Seminar: Econometric Analysis and Applications (4)

Prerequisite: ECON 414. Applying econometric techniques to analyze real-world problems in such areas as finance, economics, accounting and marketing. Emphasis on empirical data analysis using popular statistical packages, case studies and reports.

ECON 520 Seminar: Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy (4)

Prerequisite: ECON 403. Major macroeconomic issues and policy debates; consumption and investment behavior; government debt; wage/price rigidities; inflation, unemployment and stabilization policies; implementation of monetary policy.

ECON 521 Seminar: International Macroeconomics and Currency Crises (4)

Prerequisite: ECON 403 or 462 or 490. Major issues in international capital flows and currency fluctuations; exchange rates and central-bank intervention; financial crisis analysis and management; financial vulnerability indicators; contagion of financial crises.

ECON 526 Seminar: International Political Economy (4) (also listed as POLS 526)

Prerequisite: ECON/POLS 426 or ECON 461 plus POLS 427. Research and analysis of the interactions of politics and economics in the international arena.

ECON 530 Seminar: Applied Labor Economics (4)

Prerequisites: ECON 309 or equivalent business statistics course. Study of various labor market issues using national data. Use of SPSS or SAS for data analysis. Topics include issues on wages, employment, education, discrimination and public and social policies.

ECON 533 Seminar: Public Finance (4)

Prerequisite: ECON 433. Microeconomics treatment of theories and policy implications of government expenditures and taxation, collective decision-making, and fiscal federalism.

ECON 540 Seminar: Urban Economics (4)

Prerequisite: ECON 440. Study of urban-regional problems, including growth, land use, housing, transportation, income distribution. Emphasis on construction and use of models in policy evaluation.

ECON 560 Seminar: Current Issues in Economic Development (4)

Prerequisite: Intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics. In-depth analysis of contemporary economic issues in developing countries, for example, population growth, domestic and foreign investment, technology, trade, foreign aid, external debt, and government policy.

ECON 561 Seminar: International Economics (4)

Prerequisite: ECON 303 and 310. Analysis of current international issues concerning cross-border trade and capital flows; methods of trade policy analysis; implications of regional and global economic integration.

ECON 590 Seminar: Contemporary Economic Analysis and Policy (4)

Selected analytical and policy issues underlying current developments in theoretical, empirical, and policy research; topics will reflect student interest and faculty specialty. May be repeated once as subject matter changes, with instructor consent.

ECON 598 Graduate Directed Study (1–4)

Investigation of an approved project leading to an oral and/or written report; project selected in conference with seminar professor before registration, and arrangements made for regular meetings during quarter. May be repeated for credit.

ECON 599A Thesis (2)

Prerequisites: Completion of required core courses, written approval of graduate adviser. Prior to completion, students will have completed a tentative outline of thesis, petitioned graduate adviser for appointment of a thesis committee, and submitted a tentative outline to thesis committee. Graded CR/NC.

ECON 599B Thesis (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 599A, written approval of thesis committee chair. Completion of thesis under direct supervision of thesis committee. Graded CR/NC.

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