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University Catalog 2016-2017 
University Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, M.A.

The Master’s degree consists of three options: Financial Economics, Global Economics and Public Policy Economics.

The Financial Economics option conveys skills in financial and economic analyses desired by consulting and securities firms, and related institutions such as investment banks, mutual funds, and insurance companies.

The Global Economics option conveys analytical skills as well as institutional knowledge of the global economy.  The option prepares students for employment by consulting companies, government agencies, multinational business corporations, and international organizations.

The Public Policy option conveys skills in evaluating costs and benefits of government policies.  The option also transmits institutional knowledge of various government programs.  The option prepares students for a career in local, state, or federal government agencies, public interest groups, advocacy organizations, consulting agencies, research institutes, and nonprofit or for-profit corporations operating in such areas as urban development and health care.

Admission to the Program

In addition to University requirements for conditional admission to graduate study, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (A=4.00) in the last sixty semester units. Applicants with a GPA just under 2.75 may be considered for admission at the discretion of the department.

For admission to classified graduate standing in Economics, applicants must meet the above admission requirements plus the following prerequisites: equivalent of the baccalaureate in Economics at Cal State L. A. or completion with a B (3.0) average of a set of prerequisite courses selected by a department advisor, and filing of a program, including electives, with the College of Business and Economics Advisement Center.

If qualifying courses are required, they must be designated in advance. They may include upper division and prerequisite courses.

Requirements for the Degree (30-31 units)

The Master’s degree consists of three options: Financial Economics, Global Economics and Public Policy Economics.

Electives (0-3 units)

Students selecting the comprehensive examination must complete the following 3-unit course as a co-requisite for BUS 5960 .

Culminating Experience (0, 4 units)


Students select one of the following options for 12 units.  Electives are determined in conference with a graduate adviser to meet the professional objectives of the student.

Financial Economics (12 units)

Global Economics Option (12 units)

Public Policy Economics (12 units)