Academics

Degree Requirements

The 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 will be required to complete 32 credits. Click here for a typical schedule.

In the first year, all students will take one full-year course in economic theory, one course in quantitative research methods, one course in urban economics and one non-econometric applied research course (GIS or Survey Research).  Full-time students will take an additional special topics elective.  In the second year, students will take a second quantitative methods course focusing on applied econometrics, political economic theory, and a research seminar. Part-time students will take one special topics elective course.

Special topics elective course offerings will focus on urban labor markets, poverty, migration, health, housing, the environment, education systems, local development, discrimination, and/or the economic roles of governments and nonprofits. Finally, students will carry out their individual 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 prepared under the guidance of an individual faculty advisor and defended before a committee of three faculty members.

Students in the BA/MA track must complete all five of the required undergraduate economics courses and the calculus pre-requisite with a grade of B or better prior to taking any MA courses. They will be allowed to take MA courses beginning in their fourth undergraduate year.

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.

All courses will be 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.

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)

Applied Macroeconomics (3 credits)

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)

 

 

Political Economic Theory (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)

Applied Macroeconomics (3 credits)

Quantitative Research Methods II

(4 credits)

 

Quantitative Research Methods I

(4 credits)

Urban Economics Fundamentals (3 credits)

Political Economic Theory (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.