A holistic grounding in economics, exposure to cutting-edge transdisciplinary research, and commitment to practice, problem solving, and policy shaping are the hallmarks of the MA in Economics.

The MA in Economics takes you from the historical underpinnings of the field to its most current advances, including neuroeconomics. The Department of Economic Sciences promotes practice-based scholarship that embraces the scientific method to better understand how people make decisions. You’ll analyze contemporary economics through the lenses of marketing and human variability, collaborating with top scholars impacting the field today. Our MA in Economics prepares you to shape policy and advance individual and social well-being in a variety of public- and private-sector careers. Alumni include chaired professors, finance ministers, CEOs, and more.

Program Highlights
  • You will find opportunities for practical application through internships, research projects, and our Southern California location.
  • Our graduates work in top governmental agencies, such as the IMF, and in prominent private-sector firms, Fortune 500 companies, and more.
  • Join Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the International Honor Society for Economics, to enhance your academic career.
  • You can pursue an MA in Economics in conjunction with another degree program at CGU, such as a PhD in Psychology. You earn a diploma for each degree and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.

Program At a Glance

UNITS
36 units

COMPLETION TIME
2 years

TUITION
Cost Per Unit 2016–2017: $1,847

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring | Summer

DIVISION
Division of Politics & Economics

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Economics

Featured Courses

ECON 302
Macroeconomic Analysis

Explores the potential causes of short-run fluctuations in output and employment by examining both market-clearing and non-market-clearing explanations and more.

ECON 313
Microeconomic Analysis

Examines 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.

ECON 327
Applications of Behavioral Economics

Covers the application of psychological insights into economic behavior, incorporating topics from psychology and sociology, such as risk perception, self-control, fairness, altruism, envy, and reciprocity.

ECON 336
Financial Economics

Explores financial economics through a strong grounding in microeconomic theory and fundamental principles of finance from an economics point of view.

ECON 342
Asian Economic Development

Analyzes the region with the fastest and largest global economic growth and examines whether continued growth is sustainable.

ECON 359
International Finance & Economic Development

Explores international financial issues as they relate to developing and emerging economies.

Areas of Concentration

 

Faculty & Research

  • Paul Zak profile image

    Paul Zak

    Professor of Economic Sciences, Psychology & Management
    Chair, Department of Economic Sciences
    Director, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies

    Research Interests

    Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience of narratives, Neuromanagement

  • C. Monica Capra profile image

    C. Monica Capra

    Professor of Economics

    Research Interests

    Experimental economics, Behavioral economics, Neuroeconomics

  • Joshua Tasoff profile image

    Joshua Tasoff

    Associate Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    Behavior economics, Experimental economics, Microbial economics

  • Robert Klitgaard profile image

    Robert Klitgaard

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Public policy, Economic strategy, Institutional reform, Corruption

  • Tom Kniesner profile image

    Tom Kniesner

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Labor economics, Health economics, Econometrics

  • Jorge Barraza profile image

    Jorge Barraza

    Research Assistant Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    Experimental economics, Behavioral economics, Affect and prosocial decision making

  • Graham Bird profile image

    Graham Bird

    Clinical Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    International finance, international macroeconomics, economic development

  • Thomas Willett profile image

    Thomas Willett

    Horton Professor of Economics
    Director, Claremont Institute for Economic Studies

    Research Interests

    International and monetary economics, Political economy, Economic policy

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

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