Master of Arts in Economics

The Master of Arts is a degree in applied economic policy analysis. The program is designed to serve the need for a terminal graduate degree for professional economists, government officials, and economic consultants, and to lay the groundwork for students who wish to pursue the PhD degree. Paid work as a practicing economist for three–six months may be included in the degree program of qualified students toward the end of their program. Approximately thirty students enter the program each year. Students are required to complete at least thirty-two semester hours of academic work, of which sixteen semester hours constitute core courses. Part-time (<8 SH) as well as full-time enrollment is possible.

The MA degree is designed to provide a solid foundation in economic theory and quantitative methods (core courses), while providing an opportunity for students to apply the tools of economic analysis to particular policy areas. The focus of the program is on application and practice. Development of presentation skills and ability to produce project-oriented writing assignments are essential to the program and are emphasized in the elective (application) courses. Even the core courses incorporate application of theory and/or methods. The ability to incorporate co-op (paid work for one semester) into the program enhances the practice orientation of the degree.

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Curriculum

The MA program requires eight courses (32 semester hours of credit), including four core courses and four elective courses. Students typically complete the program in three or four semesters.

Current and prospective students should refer to the most recent Registrar’s catalog for a description of the Master of Arts in Economics curriculum (pages 236 and 237), available as a pdf here:

http://www.northeastern.edu/registrar/catgrad1415.pdf

Course Scheduling

Most graduate classes meet twice per week for one and one-half hours each day or once per week for three hours. Most master’s level classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

To view the class schedule for Spring 2015, here is a link to the registrar’s website. https://wl11gp.neu.edu/udcprod8/NEUCLSS.p_disp_dyn_sched

 

NAVIGATING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE MA PROGRAM

There are two possible course sequences for students enrolled in the MA program. The first sequence applies to students who want to graduate in three semesters. The second applies to students who want or need to be full time but prefer to graduate in four semesters. To be considered a full-time student, however, you must take at least eight (8) semester hours (two economics courses) per semester.

THREE-SEMESTER MA SEQUENCE

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER 4
ECON 5105 ECON 5120 ELECTIVE Co-op students:
ECON 5110 ECON 5140 ELECTIVE ELECTIVE
ELECTIVE ELECTIVE or co-op ELECTIVE

FOUR-SEMESTER MA SEQUENCE

SEMESTER 1 SEMSTER 2 SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER 4 SEMESTER 5
ECON 5105 ECON 5120 ELECTIVE ELECTIVE Co-op students:
ECON 5110 ECON 5140 ELECTIVE ELECTIVE ELECTIVE
    or co-op   ELECTIVE

 

Some elective courses are offered every year; others are offered every other year. Please consult the registrar’s  website to determine what elective courses are available.

Master’s students are permitted to take one graduate course outside of the economics department during their program. They also may, if they have satisfied the prerequisites and have gotten permission from the instructor, choose one or more courses designated for doctoral students.

THE MA CO-OP OPTION

Northeastern University’s undergraduate programs are widely known for incorporating on-the-job learning experiences with academic training. About half of our undergraduate majors choose the co-op work option. The Department of Economics offers a Graduate Cooperative Education option in its Master of Arts in Economics program. This exciting program option allows qualified students to enhance their practice-oriented graduate education in Economics with actual work experience. Please note that this is paid work and not an unpaid internship.

Students who meet the following academic criteria are eligible to apply for participation in this program:

Students are reminded of this option early during the spring semester of their first academic year. Students should then initiate the process by contacting our Co-op Coordinator, Linnea Basu l.basu@neu.edu. Following a rigorous internal interview process, successful applicants are recommended to, and interview with, prospective employers. The final decision on hiring is made by the employer.

The co-op experience typically begins after the spring semester has ended, or when the position is secured, if later, and continues until the end of the fall semester. The student then returns and finishes remaining academic requirements during the following semester(s).