Academics

Degree Requirements

The MA curriculum provides foundational courses in economic theory and methodology, and courses focusing on the analysis of urban issues in a global context. The design of the program strongly emphasizes the skills necessary to do applied economic research. Students are required to complete 32 credits. Click here for a typical schedule.

Requirements: 

  • Three theory courses -- Applied Microeconomics, Applied Macroeconomics, and Political Economy;
  • Three quantitative research methods, including one non-econometric applied research course such as GIS or Survey Research; 
  • Two electives (including an Urban Economics Fundamentals course); and
  • Six independent research credits through an independent study and/or the Mentored Research Seminar class.
  • Completion and oral presenation of an original applied research project exhibiting the quantitative and analytical skills learned in the program. Most students will choose to complete a research capstone project but students can also choose to do a traditional masters’ thesis.

Course Waiver and Transfer Credits: 

  • Students who enter the program already holding an appropriate master’s degree may petition the Graduate Program Director and Dean of Graduate Studies to waive up to 6 credit hours of elective credits.
  • Students may request to transfer up to 6 credits of comparable graduate course work not already applied to a graduate degree. 

Course Availability: 

  • Courses are offered on-campus and during the University's extended day schedule (starting no earlier than 4:00 PM) so that students can pursue their degrees while employed. 

Distinctive features:

  • Integration of a range of economic theories and interdisciplinary approaches;
  • Excellent research and teaching faculty;
  • Development of statisitical techniques most useful for applied economic and policy research; and 
  • An emphasis on economic issues facing urban areas locally, regionally, and globally with a particular focus on equitiable economic development, our ecological footprint, and inequality by gender, race, and class.

 

Typical course schedule

For part-time students

   Fall Year 1

Spring Year 1

Summer year 1

Fall Year 2

Spring Year 2

Applied Microeconomics (3 credits)

Political Economy (3 credits)

On-line GIS course (3-4 credits)

Quantitative Research Methods II (4 credits)

Urban Economics Fundamentals  or elective (3 credits)

 

Quantitative Research Methods I (4 credits)

Urban Economics Fundamentals  or elective (3 credits)

 

 

Applied Macroeconomics (3 credits)

Mentored Research Project (6 credits)

Total semester credits: 7

Total semester credits: 6

3 or 4 semester credits

Total semester credits: 7

Total semester credits:9

Total for graduation 32-33

 

For full-time students

   Fall Year 1

Spring Year 1

Fall Year 2

Spring Year 2

Applied Microeconomics (3 credits)

Political Economy (3 credits)

Quantitative Research Methods II (4 credits)

 

Quantitative Research Methods I (4 credits)

Urban Economics Fundamentals (3 credits)

Applied Macroeconomics (3 credits)

 

Mentored Research Project (3 credits)

Elective or GIS/Survey Research course (3-4) credits

 

Elective, or GIS/Survey Research  course (3-4) credits)

 

Independent Study  (3 credits)

 

Total semester credits: at least 10

Total semester credits: at least 9-10

Total semester credits: 10

Total Semester Credits:3

Total for graduation 32 or 33.