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M.A. in Economics - Courses and Degree Requirements

Degree requirements

The master’s program in Economics requires 30 credits of coursework (10 classes) and the passing of a comprehensive exam. Full-time students usually complete the M.A. within a 12-month period:

  • Core knowledge: Four courses
  • Electives: any six courses from any of thematic clusters or from stand-alone electives (see below)
  • Comprehensive Exam: Tests knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics, taken after completion of ECON 6010 Microeconomics I and ECON 6020 Macroeconomics I
  • Comprehensive Exam is offered twice per year in January and end of May/early June
  • Classes are offered in the evenings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Fordham University Rose Hill campus
  • M.A. candidates must maintain a 3.0 [B] average in their course work and pass a three-hour written certification examination based on the course work in ECON 6010 - Microeconomic Theory I and ECON 6020 - Macroeconomic Theory I.
  • Students are exempt from the MA certification if they pass the Ph.D. certification examinations in economic theory.

Courses

Core Courses (all required) 12 credits

  • ECON 5710 - Mathematics for Economists I
  • ECON 6010 - Microeconomic Theory I
  • ECON 6020 - Macroeconomic Theory I
  • ECON 6910 - Applied Econometrics*
*both econometrics courses can be taken, the second one will count as an elective

Elective Courses (six courses from any one or more of the following thematic clusters) 18 credits (3 credits per course)

  • Development Economics
    • ECON 6440 - Economic Development
    • ECON 6460 - Agriculture and Sustainable Development
    • ECON 5450 - Crises, Adjustment and Poverty
    • ECON 6470 - Growth and Development
    • ECON 6490 - Foreign Aid and Development
  • International Economics
    • ECON 6510 - International Trade
    • ECON 6560 - International Finance
    • ECON 6680 - International Economics of Development
  • Monetary Economics
    • ECON 6310 - Monetary Policy
    • ECON 6320 - Monetary Theory
  • Financial Economics
    • ECON 6240 - Financial Economics
    • ECON 6340 - Financial Theory
    • ECON 6950 - Financial Econometrics

Electives without a concentration

  1. ECON 5105 - Economic History
  2. ECON 5590 - Health Economics
  3. ECON 5280 - Urban Economics
  4. ECON 5760 - Computational Economics
  5. ECON 5750 - Game Theory
  6. ECON 5260 - Epidemics and Development Policy
  7. ECON 6480 - Environmental and Resource Economics

Summer Electives (evening classes 2x per week)

  1. ECON 5006 - Programming for Economics and Finance
  2. ECON 5040 - Strategic Financial Management
  3. ECON 5415 - Gender and Economic Development
  4. ECON 5808 - Migration and Microfinance
  5. ECON 5540 - Emerging Markets
  6. ECON 5020 - African Economic Development

Constraints

  • If prerequisites are added to a student’s admission letter then they must be taken in his or her first semester or prior to beginning the program (e.g., in summer or previous semester).
  • ECON 5710 - Math for Economists I must be taken in the first semester.

Prerequisites

  • An undergraduate degree in a field emphasizing either economics or quantitative skills or ideally both is expected, such as a degree with a major in economics, international political economy, or math, finance, psychology, computer science or business with a minor in economics.
  • We have no cut-off GRE scores or GPA requirements; we evaluate applications as a whole. Please see admissions requirements here.

Students should take the following courses or equivalent prior to beginning the M.A. program in Economics

  1. Intermediate-level Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
  2. Math for Economists OR Calculus I and Linear Algebra
  3. Statistics I and Statistics II (Statistical Decision Making)