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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. 

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

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.


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).


 The M.A. program in Economics can be tailored to meet specific career objectives. Students who plan to continue the study of Economics at the Ph.D. level can choose courses that give a strong theoretical basis for advanced study, then write a thesis to complete the degree, obtaining valuable experience in academic research. The student who plans a career as a business economist can choose more applied courses, learning how to address real world business problems, then take a written comprehensive exam to complete degree requirements. Each student must successfully complete 33 hours of graduate course work (30 hours if the thesis option is chosen). At least 21 hours must be in Economics (18 hours with a thesis).


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