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.
  • 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 Science 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.
  • 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

  • MS in Economic  DATA ANALYTICS
  • The MS in Economic Data Analytics program focuses on the major growth area of data analytics. Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has expalined 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 through the lens of economic theory. Advances in econometrics analysis allows us to better understand key issues, such as pricing and cost, inventory management, population trends, and other issues that impact business and government.
  • The focus of the MS Economics program is on quantitative analysis based on economic logic. It is a 10-course, 30-hour program highly focused on development of relevant economic theory and empirical tools needed by successful analysts.
  • There are eight required courses and two electives as indicated in the list of courses:
    Electives: The student may select any two economics courses above the 5300 level excluding ECON 5311 and any specific ECON courses listed for the program. The student may also choose other courses as electives with permission of the graduate advisor.6
    Total Hours 30
  • Graduates of this program are expected to develop knowledge and competencies needed to contribute to data analysis in public policy and private/business fields. An economic theoretical framework is a key part of the program, but the coursework also focuses on the empirical skills required to effectively extract/scrape data from the web and various private and public sources, and carefully analyze it to uncover patterns/trends, and answer significant data-driven real-life questions, relevant to both local and global environments. The program provides our students with an understanding of issues involved in operating in any data environment and equips them with skills needed to analyze a variety of data and present research findings in reports.
  • Dual Degree Programs

  • If a degree candidate is interested in obtaining another graduate degree such as an MBA or an MS in another specialty area while working towards an MS 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 masters' 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 MS 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:
  • 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 Science 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 Science 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 MS 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.
  • 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 MS 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: