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Economics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The Master’s degree consists of three options: Financial Economics, Global Economics and Public Policy Economics.

  • The Financial Economics option conveys skills in financial and economic analyses desired by consulting and securities firms, and related institutions such as investment banks, mutual funds, and insurance companies.
  • The Global Economics option conveys analytical skills as well as institutional knowledge of the global economy.  The option prepares students for employment by consulting companies, government agencies, multinational business corporations, and international organizations.
  • The Public Policy option conveys skills in evaluating costs and benefits of government policies.  The option also transmits institutional knowledge of various government programs.  The option prepares students for a career in local, state, or federal government agencies, public interest groups, advocacy organizations, consulting agencies, research institutes, and nonprofit or for-profit corporations operating in such areas as urban development and health care.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar: Business Finance (3)
  • Seminar: Financial Institutions (3)
  • Market Indicators and Federal Reserve Policy (3)
  • International Monetary Economics (3)
  • Seminar: International Finance (3)
  • Seminar: Portfolio Management (3)
  • Seminar: Options, Futures, and other Derivatives (3)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30-31 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Copy of university transcripts demonstrating that the applicant earned at least a 2.75 grade point average in their last sixty semester units
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Have either the equivalent of the baccalaureate in Economics at Cal State LA, or complete, with a B (3.0) average, a set of prerequisite courses selected by a department advisor
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    16248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16248 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    16248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16248 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    8178 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8178 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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