10 Months, 10 Courses

Gain valuable skills sought by employers and doctoral programs.


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


News & Events

Material from Info Session

If you were unable to attend one of our recent information sessions, you may find the presentation slides from our January 28, 2015 information s … [Read More...]

Profile of 2014-15 Class

Our second class of 42 students started their coursework in July 2014. The 2014-2015 class is especially diverse, with 40% domestic students and 60% in … [Read More...]

2014-15 Course Information

Detailed information on the courses and faculty instructors for the 2014-15 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 will be able to complete the MA Economics degree in 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 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