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A MA in Economics at CGU provides you with a solid grounding in economics, exposure to cutting-edge transdisciplinary research, and commitment to practice, problem solving, and policy shaping.

The MA in Economics develops problem-solving skills using the foundations in economics and the most current advances in empirical research. The program promotes practice-based scholarship that embraces the scientific method to better understand decision-making at the individual and societal levels. You’ll analyze contemporary economics problems and human and market variability, collaborating with top scholars impacting the field today. Our program prepares you to shape policy and advance individual and social well-being in a variety of public- and private-sector careers. Our alumni take different career paths. Some join PhD programs at other institutions, others become analysts, managers, directors, and CEOs at public institutions or private sector firms. One of our graduates served as US Secretary of the Treasury.

Program Highlights

Program At a Glance

36 units

12–18 months

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

Economic Sciences

Division of Politics & Economics

MA in Economics

Featured Courses

ECON 302
Modern Macroeconomics

This course examines the state of modern macroeconomics and its evolution. The course is analytically rigorous and draws on empirical evidence but without being highly technical. Furthermore, it explores the political influences that affect the design of macroeconomic policy.

ECON 313
Microeconomic Analysis

This course presents the neoclassical theory of welfare economics, demand, cost, the firm, and competitive and monopoly price in product and factor markets under conditions of certainty in a rigorous way. Introduction to positive transaction costs economics.

ECON 350
Global Money & Finance

Global monetary and financial issues have captured the interest of economists for very many years, with recent international events including the global financial crisis in 2008/09 and the economic and financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic only serving to shine an even stronger light on them.

Law & Economics

This course will consider a range of issues in empirical and theoretical law and economics. We will start the course by discussing the theoretical models that underpin research in empirical law and economics. The course will then focus on empirical methods that have been applied to the study of legal issues.

ECON 381
Probability & Statistics for Econometrics

This course covers probability and statistics. Topics include the fundamental concepts of probability theory, Bayes’ rule, notions of discrete and continuous distributions, hypothesis testing, and other necessary statistical instruments, which are widely used in almost every phase of your academic career. A firm understanding of mathematical techniques and its applications covered in this class is essential for successful graduate studies in economics.

SPE 487
Visualizing Data

This course takes the design of graphics and tables seriously and explores a variety of visual techniques for investigating patterns in data, summarizing statistical results, and efficiently representing the robustness of such results to alternative modeling assumptions.

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Core Courses (8 units)

Modern Macroeconomics Analysis (4 units)

Microeconomic Analysis (4 units)

Research Tools (12 units)

Option 1:

Introduction to Statistical Analysis (4 units)

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (4 units)

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research (4 units)  OR

Applied Data Analysis (4 units)


Option 2:

Math for Economists (4 units – prerequisite)

Probability and Statistics (4 units)

Econometrics I (4 units)

Econometrics II (4 units)

Electives (16 units)

Research Opportunities

As a student in the Department of Economic Sciences, you will have the opportunity to contribute to faculty-led research opportunities that offer practice-oriented learning.

Faculty & Research

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