2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Applied Economics, MS

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Program Description:

The Department of Economics offers a professionally oriented graduate program that leads to a Master of Science in Social and Applied Economics. This program is designed to develop professional economists who can solve contemporary economic problems with a unique set of skills created by a curriculum that combines applied economics with social economics. In doing so, the program bridges the gap between research and the application of research for use in a wide variety of business and government professions. Students are encouraged to develop and evaluate new approaches to economic problem solving. The curriculum stresses research and is complemented by our faculty’s teaching and research emphasis on the interplay of theory and applications.

Admissions Requirements:

An applicant for graduate study in the Social and Applied Economics Program is required to meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and also to be accepted by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Economics. Students need not have an undergraduate degree in economics to enter this program; however, the student’s undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and, if applicable, graduate GPA will be considered. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required. (Students selecting the dual degree with the MBA may substitute the GMAT for the GRE.)

Both full- and part-time students are accepted for admission to the program.

Undergraduate economics majors with at least Junior standing and at least 30 credit hours remaining until completion of their Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for a combined B.A. or B.S.B - M.S. program. This is an accelerated path to the M.S. in Social and Applied Economics. Students will take two graduate level economics electives during their senior year which will count both toward their bachelor’s degree in economics and toward their M.S. in Social and Applied Economics.

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Program Requirements:

Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Social and Applied Economics must successfully complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in courses numbered 6000 or above, exclusive of prerequisite survey courses. Of the total 30 hours, 27 must be taken in the department. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate courses. No more than six semester credit hours of C grades may be applied toward the degree. As many as six graduate credit hours may be transferred into the M.S. Program in Social and Applied Economics by petition to the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Economics and subject to approval by the Graduate School.

All candidates will complete the Economics Problems Seminar (EC 7800  ) which serves as the Capstone Course for the core courses of the M.S. Program in Social and Applied Economics. This course is designed to draw on the program’s in-depth study of economics including a firm understanding of economic research methods necessary to be a practicing economist.

Department Core and Electives

I. Prerequisites*

  • Calculus for Social Sciences or Business
  • Basic Business Statistics or equivalent
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

III. Electives: 6 Hours

6000- or 7000-level EC courses. Approval of Program Director and Graduate Studies Committee is required for electives taken outside of the Department of Economics.


* Prerequisites are waived for students with equivalent coursework.

Total: 30 Hours

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