10 Months, 10 Courses

18-month and 24-month degree options also now available.


Distinguished Faculty

Study in our nationally recognized Department of Economics.


Austin, Texas

Live in one of America’s best cities.


Important Dates for the 2016-17 Program


Application deadline:
  • March 1, 2016
Classes start:
  • July 2016


Three program options: 10-month, 18-month, 24-month

News & Events

Upcoming Program Information Sessions

Two information sessions are planned for Fall 2015, and a third information session will be held in the Spring 2016 semester:  Thursday, October … [Read More...]

New Program Length Options

The Economics Department is pleased to announce that we have added two longer Master's program options (18-month and 24-month) to the existing … [Read More...]

Profile of 2015-16 Class

Our third class of 45 students started their coursework in July 2015. The 2015-2016 class is especially diverse, with 54% domestic students and 46% … [Read More...]

2015-16 Course Information

Detailed information on the courses and faculty instructors for the 2015-16 MA program can be found here. … [Read More...]

Economics among Top 10 Master’s Degrees

Forbes has included Economics in its Top 10 list of the "Best Master's Degrees for Jobs". According to Forbes, the mid-career median pay is $115,000 … [Read More...]

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Why UT Austin?

The MA program offered by the Department of Economics offers a rigorous curriculum with quantitative training in economics. The program began in the 2013-14 academic year, with an initial cohort of 40 students.

Here are just a few reasons to pursue an MA degree at UT Austin:

  • You can complete the MA Economics degree in as little as 10 months (July through May).
  • An undergraduate degree in Economics is not required. A strong quantitative background, along with some exposure to economics courses, is expected.
  • You will have the opportunity to study and interact with the Department’s world-class faculty.
  • There is no better city than Austin to live in while pursuing graduate studies.

The MA program is suitable for students with any of the following goals:

  1. Qualifying for jobs in the private or government sector that require greater expertise in economic, analytical, and statistical tools than provided by an undergraduate degree;
  2. Obtaining the background in economics and mathematics required to gain admission to a high-quality economics PhD program;
  3. Studying economics as a complementary field to another area of expertise (law, political science, public health, statistics, energy, etc.).

Read our MA student testimonials:

For someone coming from a non-economics background, the MA program gives you a good exposure to all major areas of economics, which is great to figure out your probable areas of interest for a PhD program.  The small cohort size facilitates frequent interactions with the faculty which is a definite plus.

—Swapnil Motghare, MA 2013-14 class

I would recommend the MA program for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of higher level economics, which is rich in mathematical theory and a logical approach to problem solving. UT-Austin’s MA program has helped me decide whether or not to pursue a Ph.D. in economics while developing a critical way of thinking that I can contribute to any future job or doctoral program.

—Courtney Waldron, MA 2013-14 class

The MA Program at UT Austin has helped to hone my analytic skills and make me more competitive as an entrant into the job market.  The relatively low 10-month time commitment is a big draw and is especially useful for those on the fence about pursuing a PhD or entering the job force. The program offers flexibility in choosing the electives that line up with my goals.

—Daniel Ernst, MA 2013-14 class

I chose to do a Master’s to enhance my prospects in PhD admissions and to get a leg up in handling PhD coursework. I enrolled at UT because of the technically rigorous coursework and because of the department’s clear commitment to developing a strong program. The quality of teaching and mentoring here is great.

—Rustin Partow, MA 2013-14 class

The MA program at Texas can benefit individuals in a range of situations. The professors and administrators work for the cause of students seeking admission to PhD programs, and a master’s degree from this department works equally well in the job market.

—Eli Lipsky, MA 2013-14 class