Requirements For Masters Program in Economics

MA Program in Economics

The MA program in Economics began in 1972, predating the creation of the Graduate School Newark by 3 full years. As such, it is one of the oldest and most successful graduate programs at Rutgers-Newark.



The program accepts both full-time and part-time graduate students. Well-qualified full-time students may be able to complete the degree requirements within three semesters. Most part-time students should expect to take two or three years. We strongly suggest that part-time students take no more than two classes per semester. All matriculated students must complete their degree within four years of entering the program. Some graduate courses in economics are also open to non-matriculated students. But please note that non-matriculated students will not be allowed to take graduate classes unless they have taken undergraduate Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics and Calculus.



All entering students are required to have undergraduate classes in micro and macro theory, one semester of statistics, and at least one semester of calculus.

 Intermediate Micro Theory Calc II and Econometrics are strongly recommended.

The MA Degree in Economics requires the successful completion of 10 three-credit courses, for a total of 30 graduate credits. Starting Fall 2014, all students must complete six core courses with an average grade of B or better:



Microeconomic Theory I (220:501)
Microeconomic Theory II (220: 502)
Macroeconomic Theory I (220:503)
Macroeconomic Theory II (220:504 )
Statistical Analysis (220:506)
Econometrics I (220:507)

The remaining 12 credits may be earned in any other graduate courses in economics or, with the consent of the graduate program director, in related disciplines (such as statistics and mathematics, public administration, global affairs, urban systems and business).

Suggested Programs and Approved Electives  for the MA Degree in Economics