Master's Program

Program Description

The Economics Department offers a variety of graduate courses toward the completion of a Master of Arts degree. M.A. students may also select several courses from outside the Department of Economics.

The M.A. program is open to men and women from both the United States and other countries with sound quantitative backgrounds and a good command of the English language. Applicants are expected to submit scores from the general Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and prior course work that demonstrates an aptitude for graduate study in economics. Students generally have strong undergraduate training in economics, but some students have a strong quantitative background and little training in economics. Students whose native language is other than English are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Admissions preference is given to students with TOEFL scores in the range of 100 (ITOTL) or above. Graduate assistantships and University Fellowships are not awarded to students studying for the M.A. degree or other non-terminal disciplinary degree.

A person interested in studying for the M.A. should complete the application form found on the admissions & finances website and have three letters of recommendation sent on her or his behalf. Complete applications with supporting material must be received by January 15th to ensure full consideration. The Director of Graduate Studies makes the final determination about admission. Inquiries about admission should be directed to the Economics Department between the hours of 8:30AM and 4:30PM (EST) at 315-443-3612.

Courses available on a regular basis include microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, mathematical economics, public finance, economic development, international economics, and health economics. A student with strong undergraduate training, a good grasp of English, and who is able to study full time, will be able to complete the degree in one calendar year. Students whose first language is not English, or who have little background in economics, typically require three semesters plus a summer.