Master of Arts in Economics

Graduate Program in Economics

The MA program in economics is designed to train students in the quantitative and applied economic skills that will best enhance their future employment opportunities in the private and public sectors, or their pursuit of PhD studies in economics or related fields.

The Emphasis of the Program

Our MA program emphasizes extensive training in mathematical and quantitative analysis, including the provision of substantial exposure to econometrics and forecasting, working with large and diverse data sets, and a wide range of statistical software. This gives students the applied skills that employers demand, provides those pursuing advanced degrees an edge in gaining admission to top-flight PhD programs—and enhances the likelihood of the student's ultimate success.

Evidence of our success in this area can be seen in part through the placements of our students. In recent years, a number of our graduates have gone on to top-ranked PhD programs including Harvard, Stanford, UC-San Diego, Illinois, Michigan State and University of North Carolina. Others have gone to work as economists in various federal, state and local government offices. Most of our graduates move into the private sector, working as economists or quantitative analysts for local, national and multinational corporations.

The program offers a great deal of flexibility to meet each student's career goals. In addition to courses in economics, students have the option (with graduate advisor approval) of taking mathematical and quantitative courses in the Department of Mathematics and graduate courses in the College of Business and Administration. Moreover, the program can be completed in as few as three semesters if the student enrolls in the fall semester.

Program Duration

The Economics MA can be completed in as few as three semesters by students who begin the program in the fall, although students who are working full time typically take four or five semesters to complete the program. The dual-degree program in Economics and Finance requires a minimum of five semesters. The department typically offers a small number of courses during the summer term, which can speed completion of the program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is handled through the University’s financial aid office. You can find more information here. The department of economics offers some financial assistance in form of Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs), and graders. These positions are typically awarded to students after their first semester in the program, but incoming students, including international students, are allowed to apply after they have been admitted to the program. In addition, the department offers a limited number of partial tuition scholarships.  Recipients of this award are hired by the Department of Economics to work as a TAs, RAs, or graders. In addition to their regular pay, recipients will receive a Tuition Scholarship Award that pays some of the tuition costs for graduate level economics courses taken at UC Denver. Students may apply for this award after being admitted to the MA program.