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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


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


Program 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

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: May 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

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 listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university or international equivalent.
  • Must have a 3.00 or higher upper-level GPA
  • 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.
  • International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the written version, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test or a 79 on the internet-based test
  • 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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Program Degree Requirements

All students are required to take courses in advanced economic theory and econometrics. Undergraduate economics majors at USF may complete the program in one year beyond the B.A. in the 5-Year B.A./M.A. Program. 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 3.0 GPA and at least a 3.0 GPA for all economics courses, and pass an oral examination.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

12

ECO6115
ECO6206
ECO6405
ECO6424

Microeconomics I
Macroeconomics I
Mathematical Economics I
Econometrics I

3
3
3
3

Elective Requirements
Economics - at least 12 credits
Unrestricted - at most 6 credits
Economics electives must be drawn from the following set of graduate-level courses offered in the Department of Economics:

ECO6120
ECO6305
ECO6425
ECO6505
ECO6525
ECO6706
ECO7116
ECO7207 ECO7406
ECO7426
ECO7427
ECP6405
ECP6408
ECP6415 ECP6456
ECP6536
ECP6614
ECP6624
ECP7406
ECP7537
ECS6015

Economic Policy Analysis
History of Economic Thought
Econometrics II
Public Finance
Public Sector Economics
International Trade: Theory and Policy
Microeconomics II
Macroeconomics II
Mathematical Economics II
Econometrics III
Labor Economics I
Industrial Organization I
Economics of Organization
Issues in Regulation and Anti-Trust
Law and Economics
Economics of Health Care I
Urban Economics
Regional Economics
Industrial Organization II
Economics of Health Care II
Economic Development

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

With the approval of the Graduate Director, 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 3.0, a student must pass an oral examination conducted by a panel of three faculty members who have taught courses in the student's program. 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.

ACCELERATED BA/MA PROGRAM OPTION
This program will allow students to earn a BA in Economics and then an MA in Economics in at least one fewer semesters than if earned separately.

GPA Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate overall GPA of 3.33
  • Minimum undergraduate major GPA of 3.50
  • Minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major. ECO 2013, ECO 2023, and QMB 2100 do not count towards these 15 hours. QMB 3200, ECO 3101, and ECO 3203 must count towards these 15 hours.

Policy for where a student earns less than a “B” in a graduate course:
Any graduate course in which a student receives a grade of B- or lower may be used to satisfy the requirements of the BA degree, but not the MA degree. In this case, the student will have fewer than 9 hours shared between degrees and will be required to take additional graduate courses as needed once s/he is pursing the MA degree full-time.

List of courses to be shared
Nine (9) hours of graduate coursework may be shared between the BA and MA degrees. Of these, six (6) hours will be mandatory:
ECO 6115 and ECO 6405 (which satisfies ECO 4401) and three (3) hours will be chosen from ECO 6206 and the following list of undergraduate replacement courses:

ECO 4421 satisfied by ECO 6424
ECO 4504 satisfied by ECO 6505
ECO 3403 satisfied by ECP 6408
ECP 3413 satisfied by ECP 6415
ECP 3613 satisfied by ECP 6614
ECP 4451 satisfied by ECP 6456

Note: ECO 6115 and ECO 6206 do not replace ECO 3101 and ECO 203 as the latter two courses constitute six (6) hours of the 15 hours in the major that are required to be admitted to the Accelerated Degree Program

 

MINIMUM PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITS

30

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program 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,