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Graduate Bulletin

Economics, M.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: March 15

Spring:  September 30

Applications for the M.A. program are processed at same time—after the March 15 deadline.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should come from College/university faculty members familiar with academic competence and/or immediate work supervisor

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:


Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

Yes. Please contact the department for details on appropriate disciplines.

Statement of Goals:

The statement of goals can be between one and two pages and the applicant should focus on why this degree program will meet the training needs of the candidate. Likewise, the student should provide information for the committee to render an admission decision.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/GMAT is required. Quantitative and verbal scores should be in the 50th percentile or above.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 230 on the computerized exam or 575 on the paper exam. Students scoring less than 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or 250 on the computer-based TOEFL are required to take the SPEAK test and may be required to take an English course to improve communication skills.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

A grade "B" or better must have been earned in a peer M.A. program course in order for the credit to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
Campus Location:

Main Campus

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic credits required beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

The six core courses are: Microeconomics 501, Macroeconomic Analysis 506, Mathematics for Economists I 510, Microeconomic Theory 601, Macroeconomic Theory I 606, and Econometrics 615. Depending on the academic background, one core course may be substituted by an elective course or an independant study. The specialization and elective courses should be chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

This program has no culminating events.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

Speakman Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Natale Butto

Director of Graduate Admissions


Program Coordinator:

Fyodor Kushnirsky


Graduate Chairperson:

Fyodor Kushnirsky



Dr. William Stull


About the Program

The M.A. in economics prepares the student to understand contemporary economic theory and its application to problems arising in industry, business, and government. The program gives the student an opportunity to specialize in one of two areas: (a) general economics or (b) applied economics and financial markets.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management
Speakman Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122


The Fox School of Business and Management is currently ranked in the top 75 business schools by Forbes and in the top 50 programs for our Executive M.B.A. The Fox School has also been ranked 14th for technology M.B.A. programs by Computerworld, and holds a specialty ranking of 26th in the nation for healthcare management programs. The Fox School has been recognized for research in numerous departments and is in the top 1% of citings of university research.


All Fox School of Business and Management graduate programs are accredited by AACSB - Association for the Advancement of Collegial Schools of Business.

Areas of Specialization:

The Fox School's economics faculty are conducting research in the following area: macro and micro-economic theory, applied econometrics, industrial organization, development economics, international economics, and labor economics.

Job Placement:

The program is primarily dedicated to producing well-trained researchers and managers in the field of economics. Many students go on to enter Ph.D. programs.


Not applicable.

Interdisciplinary Study:

An interdisciplinary track is available with the finance department.

Study Abroad:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students may enroll in up to 9 credits of classes with the permission of an advisor. Minimum undergraduate GPA requirements apply.

Financing Opportunities