Programs - Masters

We welcome students to join our department and to thrive in an intellectually challenging atmosphere of collegial scholarship. Our Department offers the opportunity for study well beyond the traditional boundaries of economics.

For prospective graduate students, the department offers both a Master of Arts and an Interdisciplinary Ph. D. in Economics.

The M.A. program seeks to provide students with a broad level of competence in economics. Students are encouraged to extend the reach of their scholarship to acquire a wide-ranging foundation in addition to technical mastery of theory and quantitative methods. This is done through the combination of required and elective courses.

Students graduating with a master's degree in economics will:

  • Have an advanced knowledge of the basic areas of the field.
  • Be able to integrate their knowledge with critical thinking skills.
  • Be able to articulate their knowledge, both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to effectively research the literature of this field.

Career Implications

The master of arts in economics is designed as a preparation for further graduate training at the doctoral level and for professional positions in industry, business, government, teaching and research. Courses may be taken in areas other than economics with the approval of the graduate adviser.

Advising System

Students should consult with the M.A. adviser, Professor Linwood Tauheed Contact Information, (816) 235-6477,, to plan their graduate program of study.

Complete Listing of Graduate Courses in Economics

Degree Requirements

Thirty hours of graduate work are required for the M.A. in economics. The following required courses (15 hours) and their prerequisites are listed:
  ECON 5501 Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis
    (301 Macroeconomic Analysis)
  ECON 5502 Advanced Microeconomic Analysis
    (302 Microeconomic Analysis and 5521 Mathematical Economics)
  ECON 5521 Mathematical Economics
  ECON 5525 Econometric Methods
    (425 Int. Economic Statistics)
  ECON 5551 Advanced Institutional Theory
    (451 Institutional Economic Theory)

Substitutions for the above prerequisites may be approved by the graduate adviser.

ECON 5521 is waived if students have completed ECON 421 or its equivalent. In the event students have not had ECON 421 they should take ECON 5521. Calculus is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for ECON 5521.

ECON 425 is required for all students who have not had it, or something very much like it.

ECON 451 is required for all students who have not had an approved substitute - see graduate adviser.

An additional 15 hours of coursework must be completed. Up to nine of these hours may be in selected 400-level courses in economics and related disciplines, upon consultation with the graduate adviser. Graduate credit toward the M.A. in economics is not given for courses at the 300 level. No more than 6 hours of ECON 5590, Special Topics, may be counted toward graduation.

For students not entering in the fall semester, it is strongly recommended that ECON 5521 (Mathematical Economics) be taken at the first opportunity. The prerequisites for graduate courses are very important and must be completed prior to enrollment in courses with prerequisites. Graduate students in economics must also comply with the general graduate academic regulations as found in the School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog.

Prospective graduate students may refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for more information on the Masters and Ph.D programs, Graduate Assistantships, Co-disciplines, admissions requirements, and other program activities. See also, information on careers and applications.

January 15th, 2010
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Application Deadline for the Ph. D. program

Students applying to the Ph. D. program for the Fall Semester of 2010 must submit applications to the School of Graduate Studies by January 15th, 2009. MA applications are welcome anytime.




Buckaroo Form

MA/iPhD Student Handbook

Qualifying Exam Review Questions

Graduate Faculty Advisors:

Professor Peter Eaton
(Ph. D. Advisor)
Haag 210B

Professor Linwood Tauheed
(Masters Advisor)
Manheim 202B