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 while pursuing graduate studies.
The MA program is suitable for students with any of the following goals:
- 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;
- Obtaining the background in economics and mathematics required to gain admission to a high-quality economics PhD program;
- 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