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  Oct 17, 2017
 
 
    
Graduate Catalog 2013-14 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Applied Economics


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Advisor: Susan Pozo,
Room 5315, Friedmann Hall

The M.A. in Applied Economics is designed for those who expect to pursue a career in business or government and prefer a course of study leading to a terminal degree that emphasizes the applications of economics to the problems of these areas. The degree is awarded on the basis of the satisfactory completion of thirty hours in a planned program prepared in consultation with the graduate advisor. Some graduates continue their formal training in economics, pursuing the Ph.D. degree at WMU or at another university.

 

Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of twelve undergraduate hours in economics or in equivalents approved by the graduate advisor.
  2. Satisfactory completion of intermediate level courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. Students not meeting this requirement will be admitted with reservations and will be required to complete satisfactorily ECON 4030 and 4060.
  3. Satisfactory completion of at least one course in calculus.

Program Requirements


1.


The satisfactory completion of either twenty-four hours of courses plus a master’s thesis or thirty hours, if additional courses are submitted lieu of the thesis, in a planned program prepared in consultation with the graduate advisor.

2.


At least an overall “B” average in the graduate courses that the student takes in an advisor-approved program of study.

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M.A. students who select the non-thesis option may elect to take concentrations in Economic Development or Econometric/Statistics. Non-thesis students who do not elect a concentration take three (3) elective courses approved by the Department’s Director of Graduate Programs.

Development Economics Concentration


Students who select the Economic Development concentration must take two or more courses related to economic development. These courses must be approved by the Department’s Director of Graduate Programs. Acceptable courses include ECON 5880: Economic Development, ECON 6880: Economic Development I, PSCI 5320: Administration in Developing Countries, PSCI 6300: Seminar: Public Administration, PSCI 6330: The Political Environment of Public Administration, and PSCI 6440: Seminar: Comparative Strategies of Development.

Econometrics/Statistics Concentration


Students who select the Econometrics/Statistics concentration take two or more courses in Econometrics/Statistics. These courses must be approved by the Department’s Director of Graduate Programs. Acceptable courses include ECON 6200: Economic Forecasting, or STAT 6820: Time Series Analysis, ECON 6700: Advanced Econometrics I, ECON 6710: Advanced Econometrics II, STAT 5630: Survey Sample Methods, STAT 5650: Design of Experiments of Quality Improvement, STAT 5660: Nonparametric Statistical Methods, and STAT 6800: SAS Programming. At least one of the courses used for the concentration must be taken in the Department of Statistics.

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