Master of Arts 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.

A note about the fall 2020 semester:  The econ graduate programs at CU Denver are on-campus programs.  However, all of our first-semester graduate level economic courses will have a remote learning option in the fall.  This means that you can attend graduate level economics courses at CU Denver in the fall from anywhere in the world.  All you will need is a computer or laptop, a webcam, and a solid internet connection.  This includes international stduents.  Our graduate courses meet at 5:00pm or 6:30pm (mountain standard time) on Mondays/Wednesdays or on Tuesdays/Thursdays.  Most professors will want students to attend class online, and take online exams, during the regular class time.  Given your time zone, you should decide if attending class remotely is a practical option for you.  Many of the required courses after the first semester will be on-campus only and so students will not be able to complete the entire degree via remote learning.

International students do not need to be in the U.S. or have an F-1 visa to register for and attend classes remotely in the fall 2020 semester. 

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the MA degree in economics, students will be able to:

  1. Use and develop theoretical economic models to analyze various economic issues, to communicate results, and to make policy recommendations.
  2. Understand the challenges in identifying causal relationships using data analysis.
  3. Use and develop statistical and econometric models, based on economic theory, to analyze various economic issues and make policy recommendations.
  4. Communicate, in written form and verbally, theoretical and econometric findings to an audience of economics professionals and to a general audience. 

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