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  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
American University Catalog 2017-2018

Economics (MA)


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Offered by the Department of Economics , College of Arts and Sciences .

Admission to the Program


Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission is based on the academic record and two letters of recommendation. In general, a B average in undergraduate or previous graduate coursework is required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required. Admission is not automatic for students who qualify and may be limited by programmatic constraints.

A student whose undergraduate background does not meet the standards for admission may be considered for admission after completing 12 credit hours of approved graduate coursework in nondegree status with a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale). ECON-600 , ECON-601 , and ECON-605  must be taken within these 12 hours.

Degree Requirements


  • 30-36 credit hours of approved graduate coursework; including 9 credit hours of core courses in economic theory, 6 credit hours of econometrics, and 15-21 credit hours of other required courses or electives
    • Prerequisite credit (including ECON-603 ) does not count toward the degree. All courses must be taken for grades (the pass/fail option is not permitted). No more than 3 credit hours of ECON-691  may be taken.
    • All courses must be approved by the student's advisor and fit into a coherent educational program developed by the student in consultation with the advisor.
  • ECON-600  and ECON-601  completed with grades of B- or better.
  • Tracks: General, Applied Economics, Development Economics, Financial Economic Policy, or Gender Analysis in Economics.

Course Requirements


Prerequisites


 Note: Waiver of these prerequisites may be granted for qualified persons with comparable prior education or experience.

Core (15 credit hours)


Capstone Experience (3 credits)


Tracks (12-18 credit hours)


Complete 12-18 credit hours of approved graduate coursework in one of the following tracks:

General (12 credit hours)


Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other graduate-level courses as approved by the advisor:

Note: 3 credit hours may be taken outside the Economics Department  with the advisor's approval

Applied Economics (12 credit hours)


Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other graduate-level courses as approved by the advisor:

Note: 3 credit hours may be taken outside the Economics Department  with the advisor's approval.

Development Economics (18 credit hours)


Financial Economic Policy (18 credit hours)


Gender Analysis in Economics (18 credit hours)


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