Plan Your Education
How to Apply
Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
- Completion of a course in calculus plus at least five economics courses, including intermediate macroeconomics, intermediate microeconomics, and economic statistics (all with grades of B or better)
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess the applicant’s academic and/or professional preparation for graduate work
BA/MA Admission Requirements
- Complete at least 75, but not more than 90, undergraduate credits by the application due date
- Complete one course in college calculus with a grade of B or better
- Obtain a grade of B or better in a minimum of five courses in economics, including introductory and intermediate microeconomics, introductory and intermediate macroeconomics, and statistics
- Take 30 credits and four economics courses in residence at UMass Boston and maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA (grade point average)
- Submit the same admissions documentation as BA-trained applicants to the MA program, with two exceptions: BA/MA applicants need only provide two letters of recommendation, but these must be from faculty in the Economics Department of UMass Boston; and they are not required to provide GRE or GMAT scores (though the scores may be submitted to strengthen an application).
Deadlines & Cost
Required Courses (18 Credits)
- ECON 601 - Applied Microeconomics 3 Credit(s)
- ECON 602 - Applied Macroeconomics 3 Credit(s)
- ECON 610 - Political Economy 3 Credit(s)
- ECON 650 - Applied Economic Research Practicum 1 Credit(s)
- ECON 651 - Quantitative Research Methods I 4 Credit(s)
- ECON 652 - Quantitative Research Methods II 4 Credit(s)
Electives (9 Credits)
Complete at least three courses from below.
At least six credits must be from the approved economic electives list. At least three credits must be from the approved quantitative methods list.
Approved Economics Electives:
- Any 600-level ECON courses not already required for the program
- PUBADM 602 - The New England Economic Environment 3 Credit(s)
- PPOL-G 602 - Political Economy of Class, Race and Gender 3 Credit(s)
- INTREL 614 - International Political Economy 3 Credit(s)
- ENVSCI 623L - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4 Credit(s)
- GERON GR 760 - Policy Analysis Techniques 3 Credit(s)
- MSIS 680 - Advanced Data Mining 3 Credit(s)
- SOCIOL 655 - Evaluation Research 3 Credit(s)
- SOCIOL 660 - Fundamentals of Survey Methodology 3 Credit(s)
- SOCIOL 661 - Designing and Evaluating Survey Questions 3 Credit(s)
- SOCIOL 662 - Applied Survey Sampling - Design and Analysis 3 Credit(s)
Research Capstone or Thesis (5 Credits)
Candidates may substitute some or all of the five required credits with independent study credits that result in a capstone or thesis.
- ECON 698 - Mentored Research Project 1-5 Credit(s)
Complete 32 credits from ten courses including six required courses, three electives, and a research capstone or thesis.
Capstone: Completion of a research paper and oral presentation.
Statute of limitations: Five years.
Graduate Program Director Charalampos (Harry) Konstantinidis
konstantinidis [at] umb.edu
Outreach Coordinator Maureen Boyle
maureen.boyle [at] umb.edu
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