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Master of Arts in Economics

In American University's Master of Arts in Economics program, students have the opportunity to study advanced topics in areas of economic policy development, economic systems, and the international economy. Read on to get more details about this campus-based master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Economics

School Offering Program:

American University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prior to acceptance to this program, aspiring students must have taken introductory and intermediate undergraduate courses in statistics, economic theory, and micro- and macroeconomics. They should also have an interest in preparing for a career in economics and strong organizational and analytical skills. All applicants to American University's graduate studies must have earned a bachelor's degree and hold an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Economics program at American University is designed to address economic theories, systems, and policies that impact markets and aspects of finance, business cycles, production, and other areas. In core coursework, students could learn more about pricing systems, market structures, inflation, unemployment and fiscal policy analysis. They might also study econometrics topics, such as probability, autocorrelation, time-series techniques, and panel data methods used in the analysis of economic data. A capstone seminar requires all students to apply concepts studied in the program to the development of a research project. Areas of specialization, including those in applied economics and development economics, allow students to focus on specific studies in such areas as international economics, labor, finance, or gender perspectives.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact American University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Economics:

Of the 30 credits required to earn this master's degree, 15 are core courses and 12 are from a specialization area. The remaining three credits is satisfied in the program's capstone. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact American University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (15 credits)

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Mathematical Economics
  • Applied Econometrics I
  • Applied Econometrics II

Specialization Courses (12 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following areas of specialization:
    • Applied Economics
    • Applied Economics (Online)
    • Development Economics
    • Financial Economics
    • Gender Analysis in Economics

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • Economics MA Capstone Seminar

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Completing the Master of Arts in Economics program could prepare graduates to further their studies in a doctoral degree program. A doctorate could be necessary for those who intend to pursue careers in areas of research, policy development, or academics in postsecondary institutions or government agencies.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Economics
  • PhD in Business Economics
  • Doctor of Business Administration

Career Paths:

Once they have successfully met all requirements of the MA in Economics program, graduates could apply their skills in the public or private sector. They could work in areas of policy development, program analysis, or budgeting for government organizations, financial institutions, private corporations, schools, healthcare institutions, or nonprofit agencies.

Possible job titles for these graduates include:

  • Economist
  • Policy analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Budget analyst