Master of Arts in Economics

Central Michigan University

Program Description

Master of Arts in Economics

Central Michigan University

The Department of Economics offers a Master of Arts degree. The program specializes in preparing students to enter PhD programs in Economics and typically around two-thirds of our students view the program as a springboard toward this end.

We have achieved a very good placement record in this respect. In the past two decades our MA students have entered PhD programs with financial aid at highly ranked schools such as Yale, Michigan, Indiana, Southern California, North Carolina, Purdue, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Emory, and Texas A&M, amongst others.

Specific placement data (all with financial aid) for the last five years follows:

  • Fall 2010: University of Iowa, Florida State University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Kentucky, West Virginia University.
  • Fall 2011: University of Kansas, University of California Santa Cruz, Georgia Tech, University of Concordia.
  • Fall 2012: Michigan State University, Indiana University, Notre Dame, Western Michigan University, University of Hawaii, Florida International University.
  • Fall 2013: Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and University of Oregon
  • Fall 2014: Indiana University, Iowa State University, SUNY-Buffalo, and University of Manitoba.
  • Fall 2015: Simon Fraser University, University of Alabama, Florida International University, and West Virginia University.​

Because we are a relatively large MA program with around 40 students, and have so many students interested in using our program as preparation for PhD studies, we are often able to offer specific elective classes, such as Mathematical Microeconomic Theory and Dynamic Optimization - classes which are specifically geared toward preparing students to succeed in the micro and macro sequences in a PhD program.

The department views a research experience as crucial to student intellectual growth. Consequently we encourage students and faculty to work closely on research projects. Co-authorship between students and faculty on scholarly publications is encouraged. Furthermore, all students must complete a thesis or a substantive research paper. We strongly believe that the quality and extent of student-faculty interaction are strengths of our program.

Curriculum: The program consists of 30 credit hours, i.e. 10 courses. All students will take the four required courses Mathematical Economics, Econometrics, Microeconomic Theory, and Macroeconomic Theory. The other six elective courses can be chosen from a fairly large list which includes applied econometrics, advanced microeconomic theory, dynamic optimization, health economics, international economics, industrial organization and game theory, monetary economics, public finance, economic history, and the history of economic thought. We also allow students to take up to 6 of the 30 credit hours toward the MA from other related disciplines—for example, many of our students take graduate level calculus (real analysis) and statistics to further bolster their quantitative background.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 16, 2017
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Sept. 2017
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USA Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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