San Francisco State University

12 months
4349 USD/module
4349 USD/module
4349 USD/module
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The Economics programs of San Francisco State University allows students to pursue advanced study in economics and focuses on theoretical foundations and real-world applications.


The Economics program of San Francisco State University requires students to develop skills in the mathematical modeling of economic theory and statistical analysis of economic data, as well as in the writing and communicating of economic ideas. The M.A. program provides excellent advanced training for students wishing to obtain professional positions as researchers or administrators in private businesses, governmental agencies, or non-profit organizations. The program also offers a solid foundation for students interested in continuing their graduate studies in Ph.D. programs elsewhere.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn micro and macroeconomic theories at the appropriate level and will be able to use these theories to analyze economic problems and issues relevant to the local, state, national, or global economy. With this knowledge, students will be able to understand and critically assess scholarly economics articles and propose possible pathways for future research.
  • Students will learn practical skills in collecting, processing, interpreting and analyzing economic data with appropriate statistical and econometric techniques. 
  • Students will be able to employ economic reasoning in analyzing real-world economic problems and effectively communicate their knowledge and findings both orally and in written formats.

Career paths

Graduate students in the master's program develop advanced theoretical, statistical, and data analytic skills, which allow them to compete successfully for more advanced positions. Economics majors from SF State have recently been placed in entry-level positions in business management, marketing, financial services, research consulting firms, public policy analysis, teaching, and many other fields. The undergraduate major also provides excellent preparation for advanced graduate and professional studies in economics and related disciplines. SF State graduates of the M.A. program have recently been placed in advanced positions with public utilities, economics consulting firms, the research divisions of large companies, and local and state governmental agencies, while other SF State M.A. graduates have been admitted to top Ph.D. granting institutions.

Programme Structure

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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 OR official GMAT scores.
  • Two or more letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4349 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4349 USD per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4349 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4349 USD per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    4349 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4349 USD per module and a duration of 12 months.

Per unit:

$4,349 (local, national and international) 

Part-time: $2,843 (applied for all of them)

Non-residents and international students plus $396 per unit


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