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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economic Portfolio Option, M.A.

A program of study plan must be completed by the student in consultation with and approved by the department’s Faculty Program Director. The Program of Study plan lists the required and elective courses to be taken by the graduate student to meet the degree requirements of the master’s degree program. The student also must assemble a portfolio composed of materials from their course work (program total 36 credit hours). The Program of Study must be approved by the department’s Faculty Program Director and submitted to Office of Academic Assistance by the end of the first year or after eighteen (18) semester credit hours of coursework have been completed.

The Program of Study form is available at:

Degree Requirements

To receive the M.A. Economics degree with the completion of a portfolio, a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree as approved by the Faculty Program Director through an approved Program of Study plan (as described above) and a portfolio must be completed.

Required Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)


Choose one of the following two courses.

Research Skill Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

Select one of the following:

Elective Fields (6 Credit Hours)

A minimum of two courses in one of the following areas must be completed:

  • Environmental, Urban, and Regional Economics (EURE)
  • Experimental Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quantitative Methods

The list of courses available for each of these fields is provided below. The list is not exhaustive as in many cases there may be several different courses that could satisfy the field requirement. Students should consult and obtain approval for the courses that will constitute their field from the Faculty Program Director as part of the Program of Study plan.


Experimental Economics

International Economics

Public Finance

Program Evaluation

Quantitative Methods

Six Economic Courses (18 Credit Hours)

Choose six economic courses chosen in consultation with the Faculty Program Director and approved on your Program of Study.

Portfolio of Coursework Materials

Students will assemble a Portfolio composed of materials from their course work. The Portfolio will be submitted during their proposed graduating semester. These materials may include items such as term papers, annotated bibliographies, and the like.

Graduate Assistant Requirement

Please note, graduate assistants are required to enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester and 9 credit hours each Summer semester. These credit hours consist of courses required for the prescribed 36 credit hours program of study, as well as additional hours in ECON 8999   Masters Research in Economics.