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Program Requirements

Once a graduate student enrolls in the Department and achieves conditional or Classified standing, he/she must meet with the graduate advisor to develop an approved program of study. Thirty-two units of required and approved 500, 600 or 700 level courses earned in graduate standing. 

Each program of study must include:

  • Economics 630 - Microeconomic Theory (3 units)
  • Economics 631 - Topics in Applied Microeconomics (3 units)
  • Economics 640 - Econometric Theory and Application (3 units)
  • Economics 640L - Econometrics Laboratory I (1 unit)
  • Economics 641 - Applied Research in Econometrics (3 units)
  • Economics 641L - Econometrics Laboratory II (1 unit)
  • Economics 740 - Seminar in Applied Economic Research (3 units)*
  • Economics 795 - Graduate Internship in Economics (3 units)
  • Elective courses (12 units)

For descriptions, please visit our courses page.

Once a student has satisfactorily completed Economics 630, 631, 640, and 641, he or she may elect of either complete a master's thesis or take a set of comprehensive exams.

Plan A is the Master's thesis option. Students electing Plan A must also include Economics 799A (Master's Thesis) in their Program of Study. Plan B is the comprehensive exam option.

Students electing Plan B must pass written comprehensive exams in microeconomics and econometrics. Please see the News and Events page for a schedule of exams.

Students may take classes from other departments upon consultation with the graduate advisor. Courses outside the Department of Economics may be required whenever they seem important to the student’s program of study. However, no program may contain more than a total of 9-units of approved courses outside of economics. 

The Seminar in Applied Economic Research (Economics 740) is the capstone class of the Masters program. In this class students develop skills in the art of conducting independent economic research. A research project in applied microeconomics is chosen by the student and approved by the instructor. Prior to enrolling in the class, students are expected to develop a comprehensive research project proposal. In addition, students are required to make an oral presentation of their findings and results.

Read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for graduate students (.pdf)

Graduate Advising

Dr. Ryan Abman
Office: NH-308
Email:[email protected]

Dr. Ed Balsdon
Office: NH-313
Phone: (619) 594-5492
Email: [email protected]


Important Links

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