Economics

Masters Degree

 

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Economics MA is specifically designed for those seeking to work as professional economists. Students acquire knowledge and a versatile set of skills that are highly valued in the workplace and will provide you with the technical training you’ll need to advance to the next level in your career.

 A unique feature of the program is the large number of applied econometrics and quantitative courses offered (e.g. applied econometrics, time series econometrics, business & economic forecasting, cost-benefit analysis, spatial analysis (GIS), business cycles, managerial economics). 

Our MA program has an excellent track record of placing graduates in both private sector/government jobs and in top PhD programs (details below).  

Further details:

 

ABOUT THE UMSL CAMPUS

UMSL is located in suburban St. Louis County. The campus is served by two MetroLink light rail stations and is a short ride away from St. Louis’ greatest attractions, including the Delmar Loop, the Central West End, and downtown. The campus is also just five minutes from Lambert St. Louis Airport.  On-campus housing is available.

 

ADMISSIONS

Candidates must meet the general admission requirements of the UMSL Graduate School.

Applicants need not have an undergraduate degree in economics. However, students are expected to have taken, either at the baccalaureate or MBA level: Intermediate Microeconomics (Econ 3001 or BA 5001), Intermediate Macroeconomics (Econ 3002 or BA 5002), Mathematical Economics (Econ 4150), and Introductory Econometrics (Econ 4100). Students without these courses must take these courses; they do not count towards the hours required for the MA.

An undergraduate economics degree is not required for acceptance into the program. However, prior to entry, candidates are expected to have taken intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and introduction to econometrics.

 

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

The MA in Economics requires 30 credit hours (including 9 required credit hours); at least 21 hours must be completed in residence.

Required Courses 
Microeconomic Analysis, Economics 5001
Macroeconomic Analysis, Economics 5002,
Econometric Theory and Methods, Economics 5100

Quantitative Electives
Applied Econometrics
Time Series Econometrics for Economics and Finance
Business & Economic Forecasting
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Spatial Analysis (GIS)
Business Cycles
Managerial Economics

Other Economics Electives
Industrial Organization, Labor, Urban, International, Financial   
Markets, Monetary Economics, Special Topics courses

 

Selected Business and Math Electives (see MA FAQs for details) may also be used to complete the nine of the 21 elective hours.

Combine Economics MA with a Graduate Certificate in Policy and Program Evaluation

PLACEMENTS

Employers (current):

Aspire Consulting, AT&T, Boeing, Caterpillar, Centene Corporation, East-West Gateway, Energizer, Ernst & Young, Express-Scripts, FBI, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Isle of Capri, Maritz, Meramec Community College, Mattson Jack, Monsanto, Ralcorp Holdings, RubinBrown, State of Missouri, SLU High School, UniGroup, US Bank, Wells Fargo

Economics Ph.D. Programs:
Currently Enrolled: Illinois, UC-San Diego, Penn State, George Mason (CCJ), Notre Dame
Completed PhD: Cornell, Wisconsin, Penn State, Florida, Missouri, George Mason, Georgia State, Maryland, Arizona (Finance), UC Berkeley (Ag Econ), Washington University, UT-Dallas, SLU, University of Illinois-Chicago, Syracuse, Ohio State, Rutgers (Urban Planning) 
PhD Acceptances (excluding those above): Michigan State, Virginia, Texas, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Boston College, Boston University, Michigan, Georgetown, Rice, UT-Austin, UC-Irvine.

 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MA

For answers to many standard questions, please see the MA FAQs.
A recommended study program for prospective PhD students is here (Ph.D. application FAQs).

Master of Arts in Economics - (Learning Outcomes)

Director of Graduate Studies: Donald J. Kridel (mailto:krideld@umsl.edu)

 

About the Dual MBA/MA

For as few as 15 hours of additional course work in economics, a Master of Arts in Economics may be obtained after your Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Students apply for the MA during the last semester of MBA studies; the usual on-line application is utilized. Full-time students may be able to complete the MA degree in as little as a year, while part-time students can be accommodated over a longer time period. The total number of additional courses required will depend on which electives the student has taken in their MBA program; students are advised to contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics regarding the choice of possible MBA electives.  (The elective courses need to be approved by the College of Business.)

The following course of study is recommended for dual degree-seekers. It is assumed that students have already completed at least one course in calculus. 

Required courses:
Economics 5001, Microeconomic Analysis
Economics 5002, Macroeconomic Analysis
Economics 5100, Econometric Theory and Methods

Up to twelve hours of graduate-level electives (excluding BA 5000, BA 5001, and IS 6800 and LOM 5300) may be incorporated from your MBA degree program. The remaining nine elective graduate hours must be in economics (only three hours of which may be at the 4000 level).

Applicants need not have an undergraduate degree in economics. However, students are expected to have taken, either at the baccalaureate or MBA level: Intermediate Microeconomics (Econ 3001 or BA 5001), Intermediate Macroeconomics (Econ 3002 or BA 5002), Mathematical Economics (Econ 4150), and Introductory Econometrics (Econ 4100). Students without these courses must take these courses; they do not count towards the hours required for the MA.

 

About the Dual BS/MA

The department offers a joint BS/MS (“2+3”) degree