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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Economics - MA

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Degree Title: Master of Arts

Program Name and Number: Economics - MA4221

Department/Unit: Economics

Delivery Mode: The delivery mode is in-person. Students attend class every session and listen to the instructor in a classroom.

Terms of Entry: Fall

Program Mission: Provide students with rigorous quantitative and analytical skills to find a career in the public/private sector or pursue a Ph.D. degree in economics.

Program Learning Objectives:

  1. Students acquire rigorous quantitative and analytical skills
  2. Students understand macro and micro economic theory
  3. Students apply econometric techniques to real world economic issues
  4. Students acquire skills in R, SAS, etc.

Program Overview:  The program emphasizes practical applications of economic theory. It is organized to provide students with analytical tools by which they can use to solve many economic problems existing in the real world.  The program provides students with practical econometric skills that are popularly used in both private and public sectors.

All academic requirements can be completed within 12 months, beginning in the fall semester and ending in August of the following year.

Concentrations (Optional): 50-100 words per concentration/track/specialization.  If separate degree codes are used for tracks, they should be enumerated here.

Opportunities for Graduates (Optional):

  1. Research Analyst: Research and analyze economic issues
  2. Financial manager: Analyze monetary aspects of a company/organization
  3. Policy analyst: Collect and compile data related to the economy, analyze them, recommend policies to the social and political groups.
  4. College instructor

Link to Program (Optional):

Link to Program Handbook (Optional): a URL to the official program handbook or who to contact for a paper copy.

Graduation Requirements: A minimum of 36 credit hours will be required to complete the program:  28 credit hours in in core courses (mathematical economics/statistics, macroeconomics (I and II), microeconomics (I and II), and econometrics (I and II)) and 4 hours in an elective course (international economics, development economics, environmental economics, behavioral economics, etc.).  At the end of the program, participants will complete a research paper (4 credit hours) under the supervision of two faculty members.

Culminating Experience: Students are required to write a master’s paper (Econ 6960) or Master’s Thesis (Econ 6950) under the supervision of faculty

Admission Requirements:

As a student beginning graduate work in applied economics, you should ideally have some undergraduate training that includes courses in the social sciences, mathematics, statistics, or business administration. However, there are several areas of concentration that relate to and provide appropriate background knowledge for advanced study in economics. Ultimately your undergraduate program must be approved by the department admissions committee before you begin graduate work. A complete application requires:

  • US Bachelor’s equivalent degree from an accredited degree granting institution.
  • The equivalent of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a scale of 4.0 is required  
  • Requirement on English proficiency for international students: TOEFL 550 (or 80 on the iBT, or 6.5 or greater across on all bands of the IELTS).
  • Official copies of all transcripts and graduation diploma and bachelor’s degree certificate are required in English and Mandarin. These documents should be issued by the degree granting university.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • A completed online application form
  • For the Graduate College to issue the certificate of eligibility, a completed financial support form, sponsor letters as applicable, and bank statements will be required. Information about these requirements can be found at,

Application deadline for fall entry is March 1st.

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