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 any of the graduate-level economics courses. Students may also choose to take one approved graduate elective from outside the department. Please contact an advisor to should you need assistance.

Current UB Economics undergrads who have completed 405 or 407 or 480 may request a waiver for 505 or 507 or 580.

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 orother Masters programs. Please contact an advisor before registering for courses to discuss these options. 

  • JD Law/MA in Economics
    The Department of Economics and the UB School of Law offer a collaborative program in law and applied economics that leads to a JD degree and an MA in Economics.

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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