Master of Arts in economics


A three-track program preparing students for careers as economists in education, business, or government agencies.

The Master of Arts in Economics is designed to prepare students for careers as professional economists in business, government agencies, colleges, and universities. As a graduate, you’ll be equipped with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills needed to do state-of-the-art economic and statistical analysis in business, industry, and government. There are three tracks available for the MA degree in economics: preparation for a doctorate in Economics, economic analysis, and public policy.

Learn more about the requirements of the Master of Arts in Economics Program in the course catalog.


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As a student, you will:

  • Learn fundamental concepts of economic analysis
  • Develop strong quantitative skills in econometrics, economic forecasting, and statistical analysis
  • Practice in-depth application of the SAS statistical software package, which is the leading statistical analysis tool used by business and government today
  • Earn a certification in data mining from the SAS Institute

Focused Areas of Study

The Master of Arts in Economics program offers a degree with three focused areas of study: PhD Preparation, Applied Economics, and Public Policy Economics.

Learn more about each focus area of study in the course catalog.

Admission into the Master of Arts in Economics program is offered on a rolling basis.

Below are the requirements for admission into the program:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • A statement of purpose outlining your reasons for desiring the degree
  • An up-to-date resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Average GMAT score: 670
  • Average GPA: 3.84

The Master of Arts in Economics program is a one-year program beginning in the fall semester and ending in the spring.

Information about the curriculum can be found on the UA course catalog.

Information about tuition and the cost of graduate school can be found on UA’s student accounts website.

Manderson students who have taken economics courses offered within the Master of Arts in Economics program have been employed at:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Regions
  • United Healthcare
  • Dell Techonologies
  • And many more!

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