Program Description

The economics degree program prepares students to enter Ph.D. programs in economics. In the past two decades, graduates of this program have entered Ph.D. programs at schools such as Yale, Purdue, Vanderbilt and more. Students also obtain quantitative and data analysis skills that are in demand in private, non-profit, and government sectors.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Students routinely work closely with faculty on research projects, an important step in developing the ability to conduct research independently and successfully complete a thesis or substantive research paper. Students often coauthor with faculty – this prepares students to not only perform research but also undertake the peer-review and publication process.

There are a number of graduate assistantships available, and a majority of our students hold GA positions.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MA in Economics program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited four-year university;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7;
  • at least one semester of calculus and statistics;

A background in econometrics and linear/matrix algebra is also encouraged. GRE scores aren't required, but are highly encouraged, particularly for those seeking financial assistance.

The application deadline for fall admission is February 15. The deadline for spring admission is September 15. Apply online at

Graduation Requirements

Students must either choose to write a thesis (which accounts for six credit hours) or a "Plan B" paper, a shorter research paper (typically around 25 pages) written under the guidance of a faculty member.

Career Outlook

For More Information

Sam Raisanen
Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 989-774-3908

Or visit the College of Business Administration's website.