College of Social and Behavioral Science


Economics

M.A. in Economics

Program Purpose

The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Economics is oriented toward the preparation of professional economists who work in the public or private sector and also for students who may be considering further graduate work in economics or related fields. The MA degree in Economics requires satisfying an additional foreign language requirement over and above the course requirements for the Master's of Science in Economics. This language requirement is coordinated through the Department of Languages and Literature in the College of Humanities. The Master's candidate is expected to acquire a broad, general training in economics, which includes theory and applied courses. Basic economic theory and econometrics constitute the required core of the Master's program. These courses provide the foundation for courses in a number of fields including public finance, natural resource and environmental economics, economic history, quantitative analysis in economics, industrial organization, monetary economics, international trade, development theory and history, poverty, feminist economics, labor economics. The Master's project or thesis provides the opportunity for students to produce a high-level, independent research paper in one of these fields. The University of Utah Economics Department subscribes to a vision of economics as a social science and encourages students to think broadly and beyond the narrow confines of standard economic theory.

Learning Outcomes

  • To formulate researchable economics questions in an independent manner and to analyze information through the application of social science research methodologies.
  • To locate and evaluate in a critical manner relevant sources for a research project.
  • To conduct research and build skills in a field of specialization in economics.
  • To develop research projects and contribute to research activities of a team.
  • To disseminate results in a clear and coherent manner to other researchers, employers, coworkers, and to the general public.
  • To critically evaluate research reports or scholarly articles written by others.
  • To draw policy implications or to make informed decisions based on research findings.