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The Program

The Master's program in Economics is a 33-unit program comprised of foundation requirements, an economics graduate core, and elective courses that fulfill one of the two concentrations: Financial Economics or International Economics. The program also offers the following options: a directed research project 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 are required to pass a Comprehensive Exam in Microeconomics and a Comprehensive Exam in Macroeconomics.

Full-time students complete the program in two years. A flexible format is available to meet the needs of part-time students.

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 the foundation requirements have been met by previous studies or work experience. See Courses for more information on the foundation requirements.


Each course is three units. 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