College of Business

Graduate Degree Programs

  • Graduate Advising

  • Applicants meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School including a satisfactory score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test, may be admitted unconditionally to the program. Other applicants may be admitted if approved by the Graduate Advisor in economics and the Graduate Dean. Applicants admitted but not having 12 semester hours of advanced courses in economics or not meeting prerequisite requirements for core courses are admitted subject to conditions assessed by the Graduate Advisor in economics.
  • Application Deadlines

  • The Graduate School of the University of Texas at Arlington has strict deadlines for the application process. It is mandatory that students who wish to apply for the Masters of Arts in Economics program do so before the deadlines pass. The exact deadlines can be accessed here. It is important that these deadlines are respected. The Department of Economics cannot guarantee that applications received after the deadlines posted by the Graduate School will receive full consideration during the current recruiting season.
  • Fast Track Admission to MA

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  • Facilitated Admission of Outstanding UT Arlington Undergraduates

  • Upon the recommendation of the Graduate Advisor, outstanding graduates of The University of Texas at Arlington may be admitted to a master's degree program by facilitated admission. To qualify, the student must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • The student must have graduated from a commensurate bachelor's degree program at UT Arlington no more than one academic year prior to the semester for which admission to a graduate program is sought. A commensurate bachelor's degree program is one that is a normal feeder program for the master's degree program to which the student seeks admission. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also eligible; in such cases, facilitated admission is conditional upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree.
  • The student's grade-point average must equal or exceed 3.5 in each of two calculations:
  • The grade-point average in the last 60 hours of study as calculated in the Graduate School for admission purposes;
  • All work completed at UT Arlington to date.
  • Students who qualify for facilitated admission will be admitted directly to the Graduate School without completing the application for admission, submitting an application evaluation charge or taking the GRE or GMAT. Students who believe they may qualify for this program should contact the appropriate Graduate Advisor. Some programs may require a higher grade-point average to qualify. Not all graduate programs participate in Facilitated Admission of Outstanding Undergraduates.
  • Degrees Offered

  • M.A. Degree in Economics: Three Options
  • The Department of Economics provides three Master’s tracks: a Thesis Option for those intending to later pursue a Ph.D. in Economics, and two Non-Thesis tracks, a traditional flexible option and an applied economics option. The Ph.D. Preparation Option is designed primarily for students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics. This program provides excellent preparation for entry into a Ph.D. program. The second option is the flexible non-thesis program enabling a degree candidate greater flexibility in designing a program to fit one’s interest. A third track, also non-thesis, is the Applied Economic Analysis or “number crunching” option designed to prepare graduates to manage and analyze data sets. In this track there is less emphasis on theory and a greater focus on empirical tools.
  • M.A. Degree, Thesis: Ph.D. Preparation Option

  • The Ph.D. Preparation Option in the M.A. degree program is an excellent choice for students intending to obtain a Ph.D. in Economics later at another institution. A minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework, plus a minimum of 6 semester hours of thesis study, is required to obtain an M.A. in Economics, Thesis Option. The core course requirements are ECON 5301 or equivalent, 5310, 5312, 5336, 5339, 5337, 5338, and 5329. These courses would be followed by the thesis hours plus additional relevant courses the candidate wishes to pursue. Students develop a thesis topic in consultation with a faculty member who supervises the thesis with other committee members.
  • M.A. Degree, Non-Thesis: Traditional Option

  • The non-thesis M.A. degree in Economics gives a solid foundation in economic theory and the key elements of econometric analysis but is more flexible than the thesis option. It requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework, including 18 hours required core courses: ECON 5301 or equivalent, 5310, 5312, 5336, 5339, and 5329. The remaining 18 hours must include 6 semester hours in economics. The remaining 12 semester hours may be in economics or in supporting subjects. Successful completion of ECON 5329 satisfies the Graduate School requirement of a final master’s examination. This program may be appealing to dual degree candidates as discussed below.
  • M.A. Degree, Non-Thesis: Applied Economic Analysis Option

  • The Applied Economic Analysis option in the M.A. program, which is new for 2010, focuses on a major growth area—data analysis. Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google, has explained why the demand for data analysis is growing rapidly. Organizations have low-cost computer time, huge quantities of data, and access to software tools that allow data analysis. The problem in using these assets is a shortage of qualified empirical analysts. One must know how to find data, be critical of it, develop it by use of software packages, and explain what has been learned by analysis. Advances in econometrics analysis allow one to better understand key issues, such as pricing and cost, inventory management, population trends, and other issues that impact business and government.
  • This non-thesis option M.A. in Economics requires 36 semester hours of coursework. The focus is on quantitative analysis with a requirement of 18 hours and will normally be taken in the following sequence so analytical tools can be fully developed: ECON 5336, 5339, 5337, 5338, 5329, and 5341. The last course satisfies the Graduate School requirement of a final master’s examination. It is a professional research project that allows the candidate to demonstrate the “number crunching” abilities developed in the program. The resulting work will provide evidence to employers of practical ability to manage and analyze data for a range of private and public organizations. Six semester hours of electives in economics are also required plus 12 semester hours in supporting relevant courses as approved by the Graduate Advisor. This program may be appealing to dual degree candidates as discussed below and candidates with a strong quantitative and computer-based skill orientation.
  • Dual Degree Programs

  • If a degree candidate is interested in obtaining another graduate degree such as an MBA or an M.S. in another specialty area while working towards an M.A. in Economics, UT Arlington offers a dual degree option that enables students to earn two advanced degrees—including the MBA—providing graduates an edge in the professional world. Under the dual degree option, individuals may pursue two master’s degrees simultaneously or consecutively. A student must be admitted to each program and submit Programs of Work for each degree showing courses that meet requirements for the degrees, including joint courses that meet requirements for both degrees. For example, a student in the MBA program can potentially obtain a non-thesis M.A. in Economics by taking 18 required hours in Economics; the other 18 hours for the degree could come from credit earned in the MBA program. Learn more about dual degree options through the College of Business Graduate Business Services website: wweb.uta.edu/business/gradbiz/
  • Financial Aid

  • A limited number of assistantships are available for qualified full-time students. In addition, the department occasionally offers scholarships to outstanding students, awarded on a competitive basis. Under certain conditions, this financial assistance qualifies the student for a reduction in tuition to in-state levels.
  • The decision to offer Financial Aid is predicated upon unconditional admission to the Masters in Arts in Economics program. No financial aid decision will be made before the admission process has been completed, no exceptions.
  • The Department of Economics offers assistantships to students enrolled in the Masters in Arts in Economics program.
  • Scholarships

  • The award of a scholarship will not be affected in any way by race, religion, creed, or gender, but will be awarded on the basis of the student’s potential and interest in a degree program in economics.
  • To qualify for a scholarship, (1) a student must have a 3.4 GPA or better as computed by the Graduate School, (2) a student must be an M.A. graduate student in economics, and (3) a student must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester.
  • The amount of each scholarship is between $500-2,500 and the number of awards varies year to year.
  • Students may apply year-round with a completed application form, a letter describing goals, achievements and career interests in economics, and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Roger Meiners, Department of Economics, P.O. Box 19479, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019.
  • GRADUATE students – Award amounts vary from $500 to $2500
  • Must be enrolled in a Masters of Economics program at UTA
  • Must have completed a minimum of nine credit hours of 5000 level courses in economics at UTA
  • GPA of 3.5 or above in 5000 level courses in Economics
  • Letter of recommendation from UTA Economics faculty
  • Submit application form no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester
  • Scholarships are awarded once per semester and may be received more than once during a student’s course of work. Students must re-apply each semester.
  • A student may not receive both the fast-track scholarship and the graduate student scholarship in the same semester. The higher of the two amounts will be awarded.
  • FAST-TRACK students -- $1500 one-time award
  • Submit application form and gain admission to the economics fast-track program
  • Scholarship awarded for the first semester after completing the undergraduate degree
  • Departmental Scholarship Application Form:
  • To qualify as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Economics, (1) the current status of a student must be unconditional and (2) the student must be enrolled as a full-time student. In addition, an international student must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. For selecting assistants, first priority will be given to students in the M.A. program in economics.
  • Applications

  • Applications and other necessary forms are provided in the Graduate Admissions Guide. Prospective students must apply to the Graduate School by early June for Fall admission, early October for Spring admission, and early March for Summer admission. International students need to apply earlier.
  • For your convenience, you may download both the U.S. and the International/Permanent Resident student application for admission from UTA Graduate School’s Home page: