Economics Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


The department does not normally admit students for a terminal MA degree. Doctoral students who complete the ECON 410, ECON 411, and ECON 480* sequences with a B average and achieve an "MA Pass" on the written qualifying examinations are eligible to receive the MA degree.

Courses Units
Core Courses  
ECON 410-1 Microeconomics 1
ECON 411-1 Macroeconomics 1
ECON 480-1 Introduction to Econometrics* 1
Economic History or Development: One of those listed below 1
ECON 315 Topics in Economic History  
ECON 322 Evolution of the Global Economy  
ECON 323-1 or -2 Economic History of the United States  
ECON 324 Western Economic History  
ECON 325 Economic Growth and Development  
ECON 326 The Economics of Developing Countries  
ECON 420-1 Advanced Topics in American Economic History  
ECON 420-2 Advanced Topics in European Economic History  
Electives 5
Economics (300- or 400-level) or approved related courses  
Total required units:variable, depending on whether student enters with master's degree 9

* ECON 480 is not required of students in the bachelor’s/master’s dual degree program. Students should consult with the Economics program for a suitable substitution.

Other MA Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: final oral examination
  • Research/Projects: none specified
  • Master's Thesis: none specified
  • Other: paper in one course carrying graduate credit


Courses Units
Core Courses  
ECON 410-1,2,3 Microeconomics 3
ECON 411-1,2,3 Macroeconomics 3
ECON 480-1,2,3 Introduction to Econometrics 3
Nine Approved Field Courses that must include:
(a) At least one course in Economic History (ECON 420-1 Advanced Topics in American Economic History (or) ECON 420-2 Advanced Topics in European Economic History ), and
(b) Three field sequences of at least two-quarters each. A field sequence consists of two or three quarter-length courses as determined by the department.
Total required units: 18

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: preliminary examinations in economic theory (microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics); oral examination for approval of dissertation prospectus
  • Research/Projects: two research papers presented in the student seminar (ECON 501) or equivalent
  • PhD Dissertation: original, independent research
  • Final Evaluations: oral dissertation defense