Economics M.A.

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Economics M.A.

***Due to planned curriculum changes in 2020, applications are not being accepted for Fall 2019 admissions to the M.A. in Economics. We hope you will check back with us in Summer 2019 for details about the revised program and information on how to apply for Fall 2020 admissions.***

Start in August, finish in May. In this rigorous, 36-credit program you'll master the quantitative skills and cutting-edge research skills needed to launch a high-value career. Choose electives in such areas as international trade and finance, environmental and resource economics, health economics, data analysis and information management, and international business.

Program Overview

Why get your master’s degree in economics?

In this rigorous 10-month program you will master the quantitative and cutting-edge research skills needed to launch a high-value career. places a graduate degree in economics among the top 10 best-paying graduate degrees with a median pay of $134,000. Paul College’s program is one of the most rigorous in the country and one of the best. You will learn advanced economic theory, econometric and data analysis skills, and apply them through SAS and R coding, all in one year. You also will experience the breadth of the field in a weekly research seminar and pursue your own research project with faculty mentors.

Why choose UNH’s M.A. in economics program?

With a global reputation for outstanding teaching and research, the Economics Department at Paul College offers a vibrant atmosphere for graduate learning, research and development. We offer two of the nation’s most distinctive graduate programs in economics that prepare students to become both research economists and college professors. These include the Economics M.A. and Economics Ph.D. Many of our M.A. students go on to study for their Ph.D., and coursework completed in the master’s program may count toward a Ph.D. degree. A dedicated Career and Professional Success Office will help you land that job.

Potential careers

  • Banking and financial services
  • Economic development
  • Economic forecasting
  • Entrepreneurial ventures
  • Government administration
  • Market research
  • Stock/commodities brokerage


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Curriculum & Requirements

The M.A. program in economics shares core economic theory and econometrics classes with the Ph.D. program. This coursework is considerably more rigorous than that typically found in stand alone M.A. programs. Consequently, UNH’s Master's students are exceptionally well trained.

The 10­-month M.A. program is based on four terms, a 5­-week (Term 1) and three 10­-week terms (Terms 2-­4). Classes run from the end of August through the end of May. The program consists of four components: the foundation (Term 1), the core (Term 2), concentrations and capstone experience (Terms 3 and 4). Students participate in weekly research seminars in Terms 2-­4, where they are exposed to cutting­-edge research presented by UNH faculty and scholars from around the country. The culminating experience for the program is a first-year research paper that students complete in Term 4. Students work closely with faculty members in conducting original research and completing their paper.

Students must earn 36 credits to graduate, usually consisting of ten, 3-­credit courses, plus 6 hours of graduate economics seminar.

The Foundation
ECON 825Mathematical Economics 13
ECON 898
Economic Problems (Special Topics: Econometric Skills) *
The Core 2
ECON 976Microeconomics I3
ECON 972Macroeconomics I3
ECON 926Econometrics I3
ECON 927Econometrics II (or an approved skills course)3
Field/elective courses 312
Graduate Economics Seminar
ECON 988Graduate Economics Seminar 46
Master's Paper
ECON 979Research Skills 53
Total Credits36

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