Admission to Master of Arts in Economics Program

For admission to the MA program in Economics students must apply separately to the University and the College of Business & Economics.  The applications may be concurrent.

For conditional admission to the University, applicants must submit an official CSU Graduate Application (You will need to create an account in order to fill out the application.)  The criteria for University admittance, including TOEFL requirements are found in the University Catalog.

To apply to the College of Business & Economics students should submit an application to Jane Rattan ( at the College of Business & Economics.

In addition to University requirements, graduate applicants must have a 2.75 grade point average in their last sixty semester units, and have either the equivalent of the baccalaureate in Economics at Cal State LA, or complete, with a B (3.0) average, a set of prerequisite courses selected by a department advisor.

The College examines each candidate's potential, taking into consideration all academic work experience, level of responsibility, and other factors that may have a bearing on the individual's potential for success. Applicants are evaluated on the merits of their own application in comparison with those of all other applicants for the semester.

Students who are admitted but do not register in the semester for which they applied must reapply to the University and pay another application fee if seeking admission to any future semester.  There is no deferred admission.  Reapplication to the College is not necessary if readmission is sought within one academic year.  Students who seek to reactivate their College graduate program application file for admission consideration must send a letter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Resources, indicating the semester for which they seek admission.  For the letter students must include information about any activities they have undertaken since the first application.  Note that, unless granted a formal leave of absence, continuing graduate students who fail to attend at least two semesters in a given calendar year lose their continuing registration privileges and must compete for readmission with all other applicants.

For details about the Student Self-checklist, please check the Graduate Admissions Information page.