MA in Economics

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The MA in Economics program teaches practical applications of theoretical economics and quantitative methods, high-demand skills in industries such as finance, health care, international trade, advocacy groups and government. (30 credit hours)

Degree Requirements

To earn the MA in Economics degree, students must complete 30 credit hours and pass the Comprehensive Exam

The 30 credit hours consist of 10 courses (3 credits each).
The following five core courses are required

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The additional five courses are made up of electives, of which three must be Master's-level economics courses, for a total of eight economics courses. For the remaining two electives, students may choose to take additional economics courses or two approved electives from outside the department. Please contact an advisor to view sample course plans.

Current UB Economics undergrads who have completed 405 or 407 may request a waiver for 505 or 507.

Masters students must obtain prior approval from the instructor and submit that approval to the department before registering for courses outside of the listed courses for their degree program.

Combined MA Degrees

In addition to the standard MA in Economics track, students may also pursue a combined degree through the UB School of Law or UB Graduate School of Education. Please contact an advisor before registering for courses to discuss these options. 

Advanced Certificates

MA in Economics students seeking further specialization are encouraged to consider one of the department's Advanced Certificates in the following areas of economics focus: Financial, International, Information-Internet, Health Services, Urban-Regional or Law and Regulation.

Please note: An Advanced Certificate requires the completion of an additional fifteen (15) credit hours.

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