The department offers a program of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in Applied Economics. The Master of Arts in Applied Economics degree is offered under two 30-hour plans; an internship option or an applied project option.
In addition to meeting the college graduate admission requirements , applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program.
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, at least a 3.00 grade point average (A=4.00) in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate courses. Applicants must present Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and must submit three letters of recommendation. (Verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing GRE scores are examined separately and evaluated as one information source in the total application.) Prerequisite coursework includes: ECON 3332, ECON 3334, ECON 4365 and MATH 1431 or MATH 1314 (found in the undergraduate catalog).
The M.A. in Applied Economics is designed to be completed within one calendar year. The program begins in the fall semester. Coursework continues through the subsequent spring semester and is completed with an applied project course or internship hours in the following summer. All students are expected to register for six (6) hours in the final summer term and must be present to attend applied project class meetings or work in an internship job they have obtained. In some cases, students may complete the program with a thesis (in lieu of internship or project hours), but this option requires committee approval by the middle of the spring term. Students interested in this option must notify the director of the program by the beginning of the spring term. In addition, the thesis option generally requires an additional semester of enrollment. Any student who is approved for this option should expect to graduate in December.
Applied Economics students are generally admitted only in the fall semester. The deadline for submitting applications is May 1.