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Economics, M.A.

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The Program

Although students with or without an undergraduate degree in Economics are encouraged to apply to the program, students with a strong undergraduate foundation in economics, mathematics, and/or statistics will be much better prepared for the program curriculum. A well-prepared student can typically expect to complete the MA Economics program in twelve to eighteen months, while others needing additional mathematics/statistics/economics preparation will require an additional semester or two.

The program requires students to develop skills in the mathematical modeling of economic theory and statistical analysis of economic data, as well as in writing and communicating economic ideas. An applied orientation and a strong quantitative training allow graduates to compete successfully for positions as researchers or administrators in the corporate sector, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The program also offers a solid foundation for students interested in continuing their graduate studies in Ph.D. programs elsewhere.

M.A. Economics graduates have recently been placed in advanced positions with public utilities, economic consulting firms, research divisions of large companies, and with local and state government agencies. A sizable number of MA graduates have continued on to pursue economics Ph.D. degrees as well as MBAs and law degrees from reputed universities in the United States and abroad.


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Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Econometric Theory
  • Seminar: Microeconomic Theory
  • Seminar: Macroeconomic Theory
  • Applied Time Series Econometrics
  • Advanced Econometric Methods and Applications

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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

  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (submit to both Graduate Studies and the economics department graduate coordinator (the latter may be unofficial); official transcripts should be sent directly from the student’s institution(s) of attendance).
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the general test (submit to Graduate Studies only; use ETS institution code 4684) OR official GMAT scores.
  • Two or more letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4346 USD/semester
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  • National

    4346 USD/semester
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  • In-State

    4346 USD/semester
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Non-residents and international students plus $396 per unit

Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Middle Class Scholarship
  • provides a scholarship to undergraduate students with a family annual income of up to $150,000 by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Students will be awarded the Middle Class Scholarship in early November of the award year.
  • If a different type of financial aid (e.g. loans) has already paid your tuition prior to the disbursement of your MCS, the Bursar's Office will automatically process a refund. You should receive your refund within 1 to 2 weeks.
  • If you paid for your tuition out of pocket, then you must request for a refund and submit it to the Bursar's Office located on the first floor of the Administration Building or at One Stop on the first floor of the Student Services Building. You should receive your refund within 4 weeks.

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