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M.A. in Economincs

Advanced training in economic data, market, and policy analysis

Degree Learning Outcomes:

  1. Proficiency with advanced microeconomic analysis, including: constrained and unconstrained optimization, comparative statics, market equilibrium, strategy, welfare and policy analysis.

  2. Proficiency with advanced econometric data management, analysis, and causal inference methods, including: multiple regression, instrumental variables, panel data methods, and difference-in-differences.

  3. The combined application of microeconomic and econometric analysis for academic, private- and public-sector research, including proficiency in data management and statistics with modern software tools.

Why choose our program?

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Research & Teaching Opportunities

  • Joint publications
  • Professional conference presentations
  • Teach a principles level course 

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Financial Support

  • Up to $20,000 per year with academic employment and merit scholarships

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Courses & Program Flexibility

  • Elective coursework in math, statistics, finance, GIS and more
  • Three semester option


See where our degree can take you.

Brittany BassAlumni Spotlight: Brittany Bass

Brittany Bass received her M.A. in Appplied Economics from SDSU and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently an Economist for the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs in the Semel Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Brittany is a health economist, primarily researching the impact of policies related to substance use disorder treatment on youth and adult health and economic outcomes. Her past research has focused on examining the impact of sex education mandates, maternity leave laws, minimum wages, and technology funding. Brittany's research has appeared in peer-reviewed economics and policy journals including Economics of Education Review, Contemporary Economic Policy, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, and Journal of Population Economics.