University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    
    Dec 07, 2022  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

Economics, M.A.


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The Department of Economics offers three graduate degrees in Economics: Master of Science (MS), Master of Arts (MA), and a PhD. The general requirements of the Graduate School must be satisfied by all candidates for graduate degrees in Economics.

The mission of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Master of Arts program in Economics is to provide advanced training in economics, to prepare students to be economic analysts in either the public or private sector in fields such as regional economics, data analytics, health care, or similar fields. The Master of Arts program provides the flexibility for students to choose a more policy-oriented or applied approach by allowing more electives than the MS. The MA degree in Economics has two options, a research-based Thesis Masters (Plan A), and a non-Thesis Masters (Plan B).

Contact Information


Sankar Mukhopadhyay, Graduate Program Director
(775) 784-8017
sankarm@unr.edu

Graduate Handbook *

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes


Outcome 1: Advanced Economic theory

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate their understanding of economic theory.

Outcome 2: Quantitative Skills and Analytic Methods

Students will be able to:

  • identify correct econometric methods to analyze data, test hypotheses, and analyze economics issues.
  • demonstrate their understanding of various econometric techniques, including OLS, instrumental variables, discrete variable methods, panel and time series techniques and be able to identify which technique to employ in the Applied Econometrics course and various electives.

Outcome 3: Literature Research and Communication Skills

Students will be able to:

  • clearly communicate, either in writing or verbally when called upon, the results of an economic analysis.
  • present their work by effective written communication in the form of scientific papers and reports, and by oral communication in the form of scientific seminars.
  • critically analyze and extract information from papers in the scientific literature.

Admission Requirements


For full admission into the master of arts or master of science program majoring in economics, an applicant must meet the following requirements: 

  • have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • have an overall grade point average (GPA ) of at least 2.75 or a last-half GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • have completed undergraduate course work in intermediate microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics. These undergraduate prerequisites may be completed while enrolled at the university as a graduate special student. (see “Classification of Students  ”).
  • International students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) 79 (internet).
  • GRE or GMAT scores must be submitted to the Graduate School.

Students may enter the graduate programs in economics in either the fall or spring semesters. Please see our website at https://www.unr.edu/business/degree-programs/economics for complete admission requirements.

I. Plan A (Thesis) Course Requirements (30 units)


Specific course requirements include:

B. Quantitative Methods (6 units)


C. Elective or Tracks (12 units)


Students will take additional units in a particular field as approved by advisor. These may include areas such as Data Analytics, Regional Economics, Health Care Economics. Units must include at least six credits of economics.

D. Thesis (6 units)


E. The following is a typical schedule of courses for the Plan A (Thesis):


b. Second Semester (9 units)


  • 700-level elective (9 units)

c. Third Semester (12 units)


  • Thesis (6 units)
  • 600-level or 700-level electives (6 units)

Note(s):


The Master of Arts Plan A degree requires a thesis which must be approved by the student’s faculty advisory/ examining committee. Each candidate’s program of study must be approved by the student’s departmental advisor and the College of Business Director of Graduate Studies. Students must also meet all university and college requirements for the master’s degree.

II. Plan B (Non-Thesis) Course Requirements (30 units)


B. Quantitative Methods (6 units)


C. Elective or Tracks (15-18 units)


Students will take additional units in a particular field as approved by advisor. These may include areas such as Data Analytics, Regional Economics, Health Care Economics. Units must include at least nine credits of economics.

D. Applied Research (0-3 units)


Students may elect to pursue an internship and/or write a professional paper as part of their course of study.

E. The following is a typical schedule of courses for the Plan B (Non-Thesis):


b. Second Semester (9 units)


  • Quantitative methods course (3 units)
  • 600-level or 700-level elective (6 units)

c. Third Semester (12 units)


Note(s):


The Master of Arts Plan B degree does not require a thesis. However, additional course work approved by the students faculty advisory/examining committee must be completed. Each candidate’s program of study must be approved by the student’s departmental advisor and the College of Business Director of Graduate Studies. Students must also meet all university and college requirements for the master’s degree.

III. Program Total Hours (30 units)


Plan A requires - 30 units

Plan B requires - 30 units

Note(s):


* Curriculum requirements in the catalog supersede the Graduate handbook.

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