The Master of Arts program in Economics is designed to assist students in developing the analytical skills and reflective capacities required to think clearly and coherently about economic matters and to apply their skill and knowledge effectively to problem areas. The program seeks to prepare students for careers in business, government, and education where applied skills are appropriate. To this end, the Department offers coursework and supervised study in economic theory, quantitative analysis, and a number of other fields of interest.

In line with the applied emphasis of the graduate program, the Department maintains a relationship with both the California state government and many private organizations in the Sacramento area. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs in government at all levels as well as to careers in labor unions, banks, manufacturing corporations, and other private organizations.

Admission as a classified graduate student in Economics requires:

  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate Economics work;
  • ECON 100A (Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory) or equivalent; and ECON 100B (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory) or equivalent;
  • ECON 141 (Introduction to Econometrics) or equivalent;
  • MATH 26A (Calculus I) or equivalent; recommend MATH 26B (Calculus II) or equivalent;
  • Graduate Record Examination;
  • two letters of recommendation from undergraduate instructors; and
  • a baccalaureate degree. 

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