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The Program

The Master's program in Economics can be completed in two years by full-time students. The program allows flexibility for the needs of part-time students and those who might require more time to fulfill the foundation requirements. The program draws on courses from the Department of Economics, as well as on related courses in the School of Business and Management and the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics.

Program of Study

The program requires the completion of 33 units of credit, in addition to any unmet foundation requirements. Each course is 3 units.

The program of study is comprised of foundation requirements, an Economics graduate core, and elective courses that fulfill one of the two concentrations listed above. The program also involves one or more of the following: an internship, completion of a directed research project, research/study abroad or a master's thesis. Graduate students develop a course of study in collaboration with their faculty advisor. During the course of the program students must pass a Comprehensive Exam in Microeconomics and a Comprehensive Exam in Macroeconomics.


Economics students select one of the following concentrations:
  • Financial Economics
  • International Economics
See Courses  for more details.

Foundation Requirements

The foundation requirements represent three bodies of knowledge that all graduate students must acquire before enrolling in the core courses. Requirements are waived if they have been met by previous studies or work experience. See Courses for more information on the foundation requirements.


Visit the Courses page for more information on the following subjects:
  • Core Courses
  • Research Paper, Thesis and Honors Program
  • Overseas Study and Internships
  • Comprehensive Examination

Five-Year Program for B.A. in Economics/M.A. in Economics

Total undergraduate core units for USF student 11 courses (44 units), including Speaking, Composition, Mathematics, Science, Literature, History, Philosophy, Theology, Social Sciences, and Fine and Performing Arts
Undergraduate Economics courses  9 courses (36 units)

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • Economic Methods
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Game Theory
  • Choice of upper-division Mathematics course
 Courses for the Graduate Program - coursework begins in 4th year of studies  11 courses (33 units)
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Econometrics
  • Graduate Research Seminar
  • Choice of 6 other Economics, MBA or Mathematics courses (5 courses must be at the 600 level)
  • Comprehensive Examinations in Microeconomic Theory and Macroeconomic Theory
 Elective courses - 39 units
Total program units - 152 units