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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Economics (ECO)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 45.0601
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Economics Department (ECN)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CMC342
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Michael Loewy
Phone: 813-974-6532
Email: mloewy@usf.edu

Website: http://www.economics.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The M.A. in Economics prepares students for careers as professional economists in business and government. It is also excellent preparation for continued graduate study in economics.

Major Research Areas
Health economics, public economics, urban and regional economics, international trade, economic development, industrial organization, advanced theory, and advanced econometrics

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS)

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Must have taken the GRE within the preceding five years with target scores of 152 (490) on the verbal portion and 152 (670) on the quantitative portion.
  • Minimum of one course in calculus.*
  • Minimum of 1 course in statistics.*
  • Undergraduate Intermediate-level microeconomics and undergraduate intermediate-level macroeconomics*

*Applicants must earn a grade of B or better in each of these courses.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum hours - 30 hours

All students are required to take courses in advanced economic theory and econometrics. Undergraduate economics majors at USF may complete the major in one year beyond the B.A. in the Accelerated B.A./M.A.. Students preparing for doctoral studies select from these and additional courses in economic theory, mathematics, and quantitative methods. Where appropriate students may select courses in other departments in the University.

Students must satisfy all University requirements for the M.A. degree. Departmental requirements include 30 hours of graduate credit selected with the approval of the department's graduate advisor. At least 24 hours must be in Economics not including Independent Study (ECO 6906) and Directed Research (ECO 6917). To graduate, a student must have at least an overall 3.00 GPA and at least a 3.00 GPA for all economics courses, and pass an oral examination.

Core Requirements12 hours
ECO 6115 Microeconomics I 3
ECO 6206 Macroeconomics I 3
ECO 6405 Mathematical Economics I3
ECO 6424 Econometrics I 3

Electives 18 hours
Economicsat least 12 credits
Unrestrictedat most 6 credits at the graduate level

Economics electives must be drawn from the following set of graduate-level courses offered in the Department of Economics:

ECO 6120 Economic Policy Analysis3
ECO 6305 History of Economic Thought 3
ECO 6425 Econometrics II3
ECO 6505 Public Finance3
ECO 6525 Public Sector Economics3
ECO 6706International Trade: Theory and Policy 3
ECO 6936Behavioral Economics3
ECO 6936Forecasting and Time Series Analysis3
ECO 7116 Microeconomics II3
ECO 7207Macroeconomics II3
ECO 7406 Mathematical Economics II3
ECO 7426 Econometrics III3
ECP 6205Labor Economics II3
ECP 6405 Industrial Organization I3
ECP 6408 Economics of Organization3
ECP 6415Issues in Regulation and Anti-Trust3
ECP 6456Law and Economics3
ECP 6536 Economics of Health Care I3
ECP 6614 Urban Economics3
ECP 6624 Regional Economics3
ECP 7207Labor Economics II3
ECP 7406 Industrial Organization II3
ECP 7537 Economics of Health Care II3
ECS 6015 Economic Development3

With the approval of the Graduate Director, at most two unrestricted elective courses may be satisfied either by graduate-level courses offered by any department within the University. or by certain MBA courses taught within the Department of Economics:

Comprehensive Exam
In addition to completing the 30 hours of coursework with overall and major GPAs of at least 3.00, a student must pass an oral examination conducted by a panel of three faculty members who have taught courses in the student's major. At least one faculty member must be drawn from those who teach the core courses. The oral examination provides a forum for the student to provide evidence that s/he has sufficient knowledge and breadth of fundamental economic concepts so as to be able to undertake rigorous economic analysis, both theoretical and empirical in nature.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ECO6115, ECO6206, ECO6405, ECO6424, ECO6120, ECO6305, ECO6425, ECO6505, ECO6525, ECO6706, ECO7116, ECO7406, ECO7426, ECO7427, ECP6405, ECP6408, ECP6536, ECP6614, ECP6624, ECP7406, ECP7537, ECS6015,