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Graduate Bulletin

Economics, M.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: May 31

Applications are processed and evaluated as they are received.  All required materials, including official transcripts and recommendation letters, must be received by the deadline.

As a rule, there is no Spring admission. Exceptions may be made for applicants who have already taken Economics graduate courses at other institutions and for non-matriculated students enrolled in Economics graduate courses at Temple. With permission of the Economics Graduate Director, applications for Spring admission should be submitted by November 1.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic competence and/or immediate work supervisor.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Details on appropriate background are available from the Department upon request.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree is required. Details on appropriate disciplines are available from the Department.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Successful applicants typically score above the 60th percentile on the quantitative section and above the 45th percentile on the verbal section.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.

Transfer Credit:

A grade of "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
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

ECON 8001: Microeconomic Analysis

ECON 8002: Macroeconomic Analysis

ECON 8003: Mathematics for Economists I

ECON 8005: Microeconomic Theory I

ECON 8007: Macroeconomic Theory I

ECON 8009: Econometrics I

Depending on academic background, an elective or independent study may be substituted for one core course. Specialization and elective courses should be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Director.

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:

Dept. of Economics

Ritter Hall Annex, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Linda Wyatt


Graduate Director:

Dr. 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.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

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

Department Information:

Dept. of Economics

Ritter Hall Annex, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

An interdisciplinary track is available with the Department of Finance.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

The program allows specialization in one of two areas: (a) general economics, or (b) applied economics and financial markets. The Economics faculty are conducting research in the following areas: applied econometrics, development economics, industrial organization, 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.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students may enroll in up to 9 credits with the permission of the Graduate Director. Minimum undergraduate GPA requirements apply.

Financing Opportunities

Financial aid may be available to students through the University.  For information on financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at 215-204-2244.

Updated 7.22.09