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Economics, M.A.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 30 hours

Degree requirements will be satisfied by completing the common core and the Plan A or Plan B alternative. Candidates may not offer more than 6 hours of cognate courses for this 30-hour program. All cognate courses must be selected in consultation with the candidate's advisor.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission Requirement Snapshot

GPA: 2.7

Entrance Exam: N/A

Internat'l Application Deadline: July 1 (Fall), Oct.1 (Spring)

See Admission Requirement Details Below

Statement of Purpose. Submit a brief, one-page statement describing your purpose and general plan for graduate study at Central Michigan University. The statement should include information about your future career plans, or any past or current activities or achievements which are related to your proposed field of specialization including any research or teaching experience you may have had.

There are no specific undergraduate requirements for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in economics. Students who, in the opinion of the Graduate Coordinator, are deficient in background will be advised to take additional courses. Students who do not meet the graduate school requirements may apply for nondegree admission. A maximum of 15 credits earned during non-degree status may be applied toward a graduate degree in Economics.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (15 hours)

ECO 585Econometrics


ECO 586Econometric Applications


ECO 616Advanced Microeconomic Theory


ECO 620Advanced Macroeconomic Theory


ECO 635Fundamentals of Mathematical Economics


Additional Requirement (15 hours)

Choose one of the following plans:

Plan A: Thesis

9 hours of courses approved by an advisor, inclusive of cognate courses.

ECO 798Thesis


Plan B: Non-thesis

  1. Courses approved by advisor, inclusive of cognate courses - 15 hours.
  2. Research paper under the direction of a faculty member.

Total: 30 credit hours

Accelerated Master of Arts in Economics

Students admitted to the Accelerated Master's Degree Program may earn up to twelve hours of graduate credit toward the MA in Economics for courses taken during their senior year. These courses will count both toward their undergraduate degree and toward their MA degree in Economics. The student will need, first, to be admitted to the program and, second, to have completed the agreed-to plan of study.

Admission Requirements

Within 30 credit hours of graduating with a BS or BS in BA with a GPA of 3.00. In addition, the student should have completed the University competency requirements and ECO 365, ECO 370, MTH 217, and ECO 285 or STA 282.

Plan of Study

Courses to be counted toward both the undergraduate degree and the MA in Economics when taken during the senior year by a student admitted to the Accelerated Master's Degree Program prior to the senior year and completing the courses during the senior year.

Fall Semester:

ECO 585Econometrics


ECO elective


Spring Semester:

ECO 586Econometric Applications


ECO elective


The electives must be at the 500 level and above and be approved by the graduate coordinator of Economics.