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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
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Applied Economics, MA

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  > Department of Economics  > Applied Economics, MA

The department offers a program of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in Applied Economics. The Master of Arts in Applied Economics degree is offered under two 30-hour plans; an internship option or an applied project option. Students of this program will be trained in microeocnomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and time-series data analysis. In addition, these general skills will be applied to the areas of health, financial, and energy economics for more focused training. While it is not necessary to possess an undergraduate degree in economics, applicants must have completed intermediate level courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics as well as an introduction to regression analysis course during their undergraduate careers. This 12-month master’s degree program allows you to obtain valuable economic and data analysis skills for careers in business and government.

Please visit the following website for more information: http://www.uh.edu/class/economics/graduate/master/.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive. To be considered for admission, each applicant should meet the following pre-requisites:

  • Awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work attempted
  • Have completed the following pre-requisite courses (or equivalents):
    • Intermediate Microeconomics (UH ECON 3332)
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics (UH ECON 3334)
    • Introduction to Econometrics (a regression analysis course) (UH ECON 3370)
    • Calculus I or Calculus for Business and Social Science (UH MATH 1431 or 1314)
  • Completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a suggested total score of 300 (Verbal & Quantitative combined)
    • Note: There is no formal minimum requirement to be considered for admission. However, successful applicants in previous terms have typically scored a minimum of 150 on the quantitative section & at least 3.5 on the writing portion.

All applicants must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended, GRE scores, a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, current resume or CV, and application fee ($50 domestic applicants/$125 international applicants). Additional requirements for international applicants can be found at: International Students. Detailed information regarding these fees may be found here: Graduate College Fees

The department only accepts applications for the MA in Applied Economics for the Fall semester. The department does not admit new students in the spring or summer sessions. Please be aware that space is limited. Submitting your application materials early will increase your chances of acceptance.

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 30.0

The MA in Applied Economics is designed to be completed within one calendar year. The program begins in the fall semester.  Coursework continues through the subsequent spring semester and is completed with an applied project course or internship hours in the following summer. All students are expected to enroll in six (6) hours in the final summer term and must be present to attend applied project class meetings or work in an internship job they have obtained. In some cases, students may complete the program with a thesis (in lieu of internship or project hours), but this option requires committee approval by the middle of the spring term. Students interested in this option must notify the director of the program by the beginning of the spring term. In addition, the thesis option generally requires an additional semester of enrollment. Any student who is approved for this option should expect to graduate in December.

Program Requirements

There are 2 plans under which graduate students can earn a Master of Arts in Applied Economics: MA Plan I: 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of an approved internship [ECON 6691]; MA Plan II: 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of approved applied project work [ECON 6693]. Elective courses vary but generally include ECON 6340 Health Economics, ECON 6345 Energy Economics, and ECON 6353 Capital Market Economics. Students may opt to take 3 semester hours of elective coursework outside of the department. Outside courses must be approved by the program director in advance. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above and satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination. Required courses are listed below.

Core Economics

Statistical Techniques

Applied Economics

Internship or Thesis

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