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Darla Moore School of Business

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The Master of Arts in Economics at the Moore School combines a solid foundation in economics with an emphasis on applying that knowledge to real-world situations. The MAEcon program consists of just 10 classes and takes just 12 months to complete.

All MAEcon students enter the program with these prerequisites:

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Calculus

All MAEcon students take the following core economics courses:

  • ECON 712: Applied Macroeconomics
  • ECON 711: Applied Microeconomics
  • ECON 736: Applied Econometrics
  • STAT 700: Applied Statistics I

You will choose one of our three track options, each consisting of six courses.

Economics Track

The structure of the economics track allows for flexibility to match your particular interests to the courses you take. All students in the MAEcon program will gain a solid background in economics, but those seeking an applied emphasis can take courses and be a part of research experiences with direct relevance to contemporary business and social problems through our economics track.

Students choosing this track will take six electives beyond the core courses, three of which can be taken outside of the economics department.

Areas of expertise:

  • Economic growth
  • Environmental economics
  • Health economics
  • International economics
  • Labor economics

Financial Economics Track

Our financial economics track provides you with a strong foundation in economic theory and econometrics with particular expertise in the field of financial economics. You will learn the importance and role of financial institutions in the economic system and the application of financial valuation models, financial risk management tools and portfolio analysis.

Students who choose this track can specialize in areas such as corporate finance, investments or risk management. Beyond the four required core economic courses, the financial economics track consists of six elective options from a variety of financial course offerings.

Areas of expertise:

  • Financial institutions
  • Fixed income securities
  • Corporate finance
  • Asset pricing

Thesis Track

Typically students selecting the thesis track intend to pursue a Ph.D. in economics or finance. Students who chose this option will work with a faculty member and be required to write a thesis in an area of research of their choosing. Beyond the four required economics courses, the thesis track includes four electives in your area of concentration as well as six hours of thesis preparation. Two of your electives can be outside the economics or finance department.

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