Department of Economics
MA Economics

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MA Program

The MA in Economics at The University of Memphis has two tracks, an applied track and an academic track, to meet each student's particular interests. Whichever program you choose, we have a proven track record of placing graduates in some of the best Ph.D. programs and top corporations in the world. 

Program objectives are: (1) achievement of a solid foundation knowledge in economic theory and economic analysis; (2) acquisition of an advanced level of knowledge in either applied economics or academic economics; (3) acquisition of the quantitative skills to effectively address research problems and the ability to make significant professional contributions as a professional economist or within a functional area of business; and (4) ability to compete effectively for professional positions in the private or public sectors

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Economics, the MA program at The University of Memphis provides an outstanding foundation in economic theory and econometrics that opens doors at the top Ph.D. programs in the world.
If you are interested in taking your degree into the business world, the combination of economic theory and analytical skills make you extremely marketable. Unlike narrower, more technical master's degrees, an MA in Economics prepares students for positions requiring a broad, general knowledge of the business environment. An MA in Economics has one of the highest salaries of any master's degrees.

Contact Information:

Graduate Programs Office Fogelman College of Business and Economics The University of Memphis Memphis, TN 38152 Phone: (901) 678-3721 Fax: (901) 678-4705 Email: fcbegp@memphis.edu

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Hussey Phone: (901) 678-1487 Email: ajhussey@memphis.edu

A. Program Admission

Students should have both a satisfactory grade point average and an acceptable performance on the Graduate Record Examination (or GMAT). In addition, they should have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses prior to admission: Intermediate Micro Economic Theory, Intermediate Macro Economic Theory, and two semesters of Business Statistics (or one semester of the equivalent graduate-level course).

B. Program Prerequisites

Students should have successfully completed or complete ECON 3310, Microeconomic Theory; ECON 3320, Macroeconomic Theory; ISDS 2710 and 3711, Business Statistics I and II (ISDS 7020 is an acceptable substitute for ISDS 2710 and 3711); ECON 6810 or equivalent.

C. Program Requirements

Each candidate has the choice of taking a written, comprehensive examination or writing a thesis at the end of course work. Regardless of which option is chosen, 15 hours of the student’s course work must be devoted to the following: ECON 7120, 7300, 7310, 7320, and 7810.

  1. Examination Option: Each candidate must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate course work, exclusive of MA program prerequisite courses and MBA Essential Foundations courses. The 33 hours must include a minimum of 21 hours of approved course work in Economics. The remaining 12 hours, with approval of the department graduate advisor, may be taken in collateral courses. At least 24 hours must be in courses designated for graduate students (7000 level or above). Each candidate must pass a written examination in microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory. A maximum of two attempts within a year of the first attempt is permitted.
  2. Thesis Option: Each candidate must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate course work, exclusive of MA program prerequisite courses, MBA Essential Foundations courses, and Thesis Hours. The 30 hours must include a minimum of 18 hours of approved course work in Economics. The remaining 12 hours, with approval of the department graduate advisor, may be taken in collateral courses. At least 21 hours must be in courses designated for graduate students (7000 level or above). Each student will register for at least 3 hours (and not more than 6 hours), write and defend a thesis under the guidance of a faculty committee. A student who fails to complete the thesis after having registered for the maximum degree credit allowable must register for thesis credit each academic semester until the thesis is completed. NOTE: Students electing to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with theThesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.

D. Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program in Economics

This program permits outstanding undergraduate majors in Business Economics to begin coursework for the Master’s of Economics during their senior year.  Students interested in this accelerated program are encouraged to begin planning for it early in their undergraduate careers, in consultation with both their undergraduate advisor and the M.A. Coordinator of the Department of Economics.

To be accepted into the Accelerated B.B.A./M.A. Program, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.25, and must submit two letters of reference and a copy of their transcript to the Department of Economics.  Each applicant will also complete an interview with the M.A. Coordinator of the Department.

After being accepted into the program, the student will work closely with his or her undergraduate advisor and the M.A. Coordinator in order to develop a carefully tailored program of study so that he or she can begin work on the M.A. as they complete the B.A.

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for “combination status,” which allows them to take graduate courses in Economics.  To continue the Program once they have completed the B.B.A, students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into the M.A. Program in Economics.

Up to 9 hours of graduate coursework may be applied to both the B.A. and the M.A. degrees in Economics.

Academic Placements of Recent MA Graduates

  • London School of Economics
  • Washington University
  • Boston University
  • McGill University
  • Cornell University
  • Florida State University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Toronto

Corporate Placements of Recent MA Graduates

  • Federal Express
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Investment banking houses, domestic and international
  • First Tennessee and other national and regional banks

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