Master of ArtS Program
The Department of Economics now offers a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Economics.
Since Fall 2010, we have attracted many exciting international classes and we hope
to continue this trend. This is a new kind of MA in Economics, quite different from
what is offered by other institutions. No prior background in Economics required (although
you should be prepared to work hard to catch up quickly if you have not taken any
or little economics at the undergrad level): our first year classes teach the fundamentals
of Economics. However, a strong mathematical background is required: linear algebra,
real analysis, multivariate calculus, differential equations. The students will be
taking PhD level courses with our PhD students, and have access to the same advising
as our PhD students. The requirements for admission are identical and so is the department's
dedication to these students in terms of office space, advising etc. Students who
successfully complete the program will be considered for continuation into our PhD
program without taking additional course work, and be considered for funding for the
following two years in the program. So far all students who have passed the requirements
and successfully graduated from the MA program, and who applied to the PhD program
have been accepted to the program. This research oriented program prepares students
for careers in academia, research institutes, government, international institutions,
and the private sector. Graduates from this program will be well prepared to continue
their studies in top PhD programs in Economics and Finance, as well as the best MBA
programs in the world. This is a full-time program during the first year, and it can
be taken part-time starting in the second year.
For more information and for details on how to apply please e-mail the Graduate Program Coordinator at graduate_economics @stonybrook.edu
In the first year students take core courses that serve as a general foundation in economic theory and quantitative methods starting from the basics but done in a very mathematical way. The courses that provide the foundation in economic theory (micro and macro) and quantitative analysis (mathematical methods, statistics, and econometrics) are referred to as core courses. MA students are required to add to this one course in Computational Methods in Economics. In the second year students can choose between a basic and an advanced program.
The basic program requires a total of 11 courses and can be completed in three semesters. After the first year of study, students will take an advanced course in Econometrics and an elective and write an MA project.
The Advanced MA program requires 14 courses and can be completed in four semesters. The advanced program is attractive to both students who want to continue their studies for a PhD (here or elsewhere) and to those seeking employment. Students who are planning to continue into a PhD program may find it advantageous to take most of the remaining courses required for a PhD during the Spring semester. The additional semester offers students the opportunity to specialize in a field by taking more courses in that field and given the opportunity to work with some well known experts in these fields. They are also required to write a paper in their field of specialization. This makes their degree much more marketable and well worth the extra cost and attractive to students seeking the job market after the completion of their MA.
Students who consider continuing for a PhD and whose GPA is 3.0 or above can take the comprehensive exams after the first year of study. Comprehensive exams in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics are offered at the end of the Spring semester. For those who fail either one of these exams there is a second opportunity just before the Fall semester. Passing the comps allows these students to be considered for the PhD program together with external candidates. It does not guarantee acceptance or financial support.
Students can decide to take the basic or advanced program at the end of the first year of study. All students are required to enroll in ECO 597, MA Project in Economics, usually in their last semester of study.
Students are required to have an average grade of "B" or higher in Economics courses.
The first year of study is a full time program. Subsequent courses can be taken on
a part time basis and some, but not all courses are offered in the evening. No courses
are offered in the summer.
Requirements for the M.A. degree
[All courses are 3 credit courses]
|I. Fall Semester||
|II. Spring Semester||
Total Credits of the First Year are 24. If your GPA is 3.0 or better and you choose to, you can take the comprehensive examinations in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Probability and Statistics/Econometrics in the week after classes finish in the Spring semester of the first year (late May/early June).
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS POLICY FOR MA STUDENTS
- All eligible (see below) MA students can choose to take the comprehensive exams offered
at the end of the Spring semester of the first year of study, and if necessary then
retake before the beginning of the Fall semester of the second year of study. If a
MA student does not take one or more of the comps in the Spring it will count as a
failed exam. Notice that MA students can choose, at their discretion, to take the
comps, but it is not a requirement. However, only students who take the comps and
pass them at the same time as their PhD classmates will be considered, after finishing
the MA program, for admission to the PhD program.
Only MA students who have a cumulative GPA (only counting the classes taken in the
department of economics) of 3.0 or better by the end of the Spring semester, will
be eligible and allowed to take the comprehensive exams. MA students who do not fulfill
this requirement will not be able to take the comps and therefore will not be considered
for admission to the PhD program. Additionally, MA students will have to obtain a
GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of their degree, otherwise the degree will not be
Students who do not pass one or more of the comps in their first try (right after
the Spring of the first year) will be allowed to retake those exams in early August,
this being the last opportunity to prove proficiency in this requirement. MA students
who do not pass the comps for the second time will be allowed to continue in the MA
program, and graduate as scheduled, as long as they obtain a GPA of 3.0 or better
by the end of the program.
The Comprehensive Exams are regularly scheduled during the month of June. The exact
schedule of subjects will be provided to you well in advance. The retakes, when necessary,
will take place on August. Again, the exact schedule of the subjects will be provided
well in advance.
Students will be communicated of the results of their comps by e-mail from the Graduate
Program Director or the Graduate Program Coordinator.
- Students will have the right to review their marked exams, and discuss them with the professors who graded them, in person or by other means of communication.
|Basic Option: Students must complete a minimum of 33 resident graduate course credits in Economics with an average grade of B or higher. This means at least 9 credits in the second year in the program, which can be all in the Fall semester.||
And one of elective courses (see list below).
Advanced Option: Students must complete a minimum of 42 resident graduate course credits in Economics with an average grade of B or higher. This means at least 18 credits in the second year in the program, 9 cr. in the Fall and 9 cr. in the Spring semester.
- ECO522 Applied Econometrics (Fall)
- ECO597 MA Project (Spring)
AND four elective courses. Electives that have been offered in the past are listed below.
Sample elective courses:
- ECO604 Game Theory I (F)
- ECO605 Game Theory II (S)
- ECO610 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory I
- ECO612 Computational Economics & Dynamic Modeling
- ECO613 Computational Macroeconomics
- ECO636 Industrial Organization I (F)
- ECO637 Industrial Organization II (S)
- ECO640 Advanced Labor Economics Theory I (F)
- ECO641 Advanced Labor Economics Theory II (S)
- ECO642 Demographic Economics I
- ECO643 Demographic Economics II
- ECO645 Health Economics I
- ECO646 Health Economics II (S)