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Master of Arts in Economics

The Master of Arts is a degree in applied economic policy analysis. The program is designed to serve the need for a terminal graduate degree for professional economists, government officials, and economic consultants, and to lay the groundwork for students who wish to pursue the PhD degree. Approximately thirty students enter the program each year. Students are required to complete at least thirty-two semester hours of academic work, of which sixteen semester hours constitute core courses. Part-time (<8 SH) as well as full-time enrollment is possible.

The MA degree is designed to provide a solid foundation in economic theory and quantitative methods (core courses), while providing an opportunity for students to apply the tools of economic analysis to particular policy areas. The focus of the program is on application and practice. Development of presentation skills and ability to produce project-oriented writing assignments are essential to the program and are emphasized in the elective (application) courses. Even the core courses incorporate application of theory and/or methods. The option to incorporate co-op (paid work for 6 months) into the program enhances the practice orientation of the degree.

The MA degree is STEM certified covering a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.  (The IPEDS classification:  Detail for CIP Code 45.0603    Title: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics)


Curriculum

The MA program requires 8 courses (32 semester hours of credit), including four core courses and four elective courses. Students typically complete the program in three or four semesters.

Current and prospective students should refer to the Graduate Catalog for a description of the Master of Arts in Economics curriculum.


Course Scheduling

Most graduate classes meet twice per week for one and one-half hours each day or once per week for three hours. Most master’s level classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

To view the class schedule for the current semester, here is a link to the registrar’s website. https://wl11gp.neu.edu/udcprod8/NEUCLSS.p_disp_dyn_sched


 

Navigating your way through the MA program

There are two possible course sequences for students enrolled in the MA program. The first sequence applies to students who want to graduate in three semesters. The second applies to students who want or need to be full time but prefer to graduate in four semesters. To be considered a full-time student, however, you must take at least eight (8) semester hours (two economics courses) per semester.

THREE-SEMESTER MA SEQUENCE

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 SEMESTER 3
ECON 5105 ECON 5120 ELECTIVE
ECON 5110 ECON 5140 ELECTIVE
ELECTIVE ELECTIVE

FOUR-SEMESTER MA SEQUENCE

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER 4
ECON 5105 ECON 5120 ELECTIVE
ECON 5110 ECON 5140 ELECTIVE
    Co-op option  

Some elective courses are offered every year; others are offered every other year. Please consult the registrar’s  website to determine what elective courses are available.

Master’s students are permitted to take one graduate course outside of the economics department during their program. They also may, if they have satisfied the prerequisites and have gotten permission from the instructor, choose one or more courses designated for doctoral students.

Current and prospective students should refer to the Graduate Catalog for a description of the Master of Arts in Economics curriculum.


 

THE MA CO-OP OPTION

 

Northeastern University’s academic programs are widely known for incorporating on-the-job learning experiences with academic training. The Department of Economics offers a Graduate Cooperative Education option in its Master of Arts in Economics program. This exciting program option allows qualified students to enhance their practice-oriented graduate education in Economics with actual work experience.

To be eligible for the Co-op program, Masters students in Economics must meet the following requirements:

LEARN MORE

To learn more, interested masters students should first meet with their Graduate Program Director to determine eligibility and where co-op will fit within the student’s curriculum.  If you are interested in potentially pursuing co-op, please click here!


Contacts

 

Jun Ma, AssociateProfessor and MA Graduate Program Director
ju.ma@northeastern.edu
324 Lake Hall
617.373.3646

Jacquaetta Hester, Administrative Assistant
j.hester@northeastern.edu
301 Lake Hall
617.373.2871

Cheryl Fonville, Administrative Officer
c.fonville@neu.edu
301 Lake Hall, 617.373.2872

Please direct email inquiries to gradecon@neu.edu.