M.A. Program in Economics

The M.A. Program in Economics at Penn State

Penn State now offers a two-year program designated only for the M.A. degree in economics. The program provides rigorous training in econometrics and quantitative economics as well as in economic theory. It is ideal for those who pursue high level professional careers in industry and government, or further study for the Ph.D. degree.

Who can benefit?

The program is well suited to those:

  • wishing to pursue a career that requires an advanced degree in economics;     
  • who want to pursue a Ph.D in economics but need more preparation to get into a top program;
  • with undergraduate training in economics in an institution that is less known to US employers and institutions.

Why Penn State?

Our M.A. program:

  • is administered and taught by the same tenured and tenure-track faculty who teach and supervise our PhD students. Learn more by visiting our faculty directory.
  • provides rigorous training in quantitative approaches as well as in economic theory. It will prepare our students for future economics-related careers, whether they are academic or not; 
  • provides numerous research opportunities within the Department which is one of the top research institutions in the country;
  • offers qualified students the opportunity to take our PhD courses.

STEM Designation
Our graduate program (MA and PhD) has been reclassified as STEM (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics). Students in STEM degree programs can apply for a 24 month STEM extension of F1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).

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