The Department of Economics offers two graduate degree programs: (1) Applied Economics; and (2) Financial Economics. For more information about both graduate programs, please visit: www.ohio.edu/economics
As a student beginning graduate work in applied economics/financial economics, you should ordinarily have some undergraduate training that includes courses in the social sciences or business administration. However, wide varieties of areas of concentration relate to or provide appropriate background knowledge for advanced study in economics. Your undergraduate program must be approved by the department admissions committee before you begin graduate work. You are advised to take the Graduate Record Examination/Graduate Management Admission Test and submit scores with your application. If you are an international student, take the Test of English as a Foreign Language and submit scores with your application. A minimum score of 550 (paper) is expected.
It is preferable that you enter the graduate program during the summer. However, it is possible to enter the program in the fall after the graduate committee reevaluates your credentials for fall entry. For financial assistance, submit your application before February 15 for the following summer semester.
Requirements for MA in Applied Economics
Undergraduate courses in principles of economics, statistics, intermediate micro and macro theory, and some quantitative orientation are ordinarily prerequisites for graduate work in this area, although you may be permitted to make up these deficiencies while pursuing a graduate program.
- If your undergraduate major is not economics or a related field, you will take a placement test to determine whether you need to take ECON 5030 Microeconomics and/or ECON 5040 Macroeconomics
- Core requirements (28 credit hours): Mathematical Economics (Econ 6001), Statistical Foundations (Econ 6002), Advanced Microeconomic Theory I (Econ 6030), Advanced Microeconomics Theory II (6031), Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (Econ 6040), Econometrics I (Econ 6350), Applied Econometrics (Econ 6380)
- One field of concentration (8 credit hours)
- Two elective courses in economics or in approved related areas (8 credit hours)
- Research paper in a topic within the student’s area of concentration (4 credit hours).