MA Economics


Our Master of Arts in Economics program focuses on current, real-world economic issues and trains students in the applied analytics and quantitative skills needed to support and advise employers.

Program Features

  • Interdisciplinary program
  • Frequent  guest lectures from the field of economics
  • Industry centered events
  • Program focuses on real world applications

Program Requirements

All students applying to the MA Economics program must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree - all majors accepted.
  • Copy of university transcripts demonstrating that the applicant earned at least a 2.75 grade point average in their last sixty semester units
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 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
  • Resume

For a detailed list of requirements for admission into our graduate programs, including requirements for international students, please visit our requirements page here.


MA Economics Roadmap


Core Courses

A total of 30 to 31 units is required for the completion of this degree. Core courses make up 15 of those units.

Prerequisite: ECON 4100. Modern microeconomic theory and applications: empirical modeling of demand, cost, and production; practical illustrations of such applied topics as pricing practices of firms and public policy issues.

Prerequisite: ECON 3090. Advanced treatment of statistics; employing the linear regression model and its extensions to analyze economic systems and test economic theories.

Prerequisites: ECON 5140 Topics in applied econometrics; statistical procedures for graduate level research; cover models involving cross-section, time series and panel data; use of econometrics software.

Prerequisite: ECON 4030. Major macroeconomic issues and policy debates; consumption and investment behavior; government debt; wage/price rigidities; inflation, unemployment and stabilization policies; implementation of monetary policy.

Prerequisite: ECON 5200. Major issues in international capital flows and currency fluctuations; exchange rates and central-bank intervention; financial crisis analysis and management; financial vulnerability indicators; contagion of financial crises.

Option Courses

Each option requires 12 units. This is part of the 30-31 units required for the completion of the program.

  • Financial Economics
  • Global Economics 
  • Public Policy Economics 

For more information please visit the University Catalog.