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Graduate education is increasingly important in the modern workforce, providing higher salaries and more opportunities for career advancement. Our M.A. in Economics offers two tracks, Financial Economics and Economic Analysis that are built upon a set of core courses in economic theory as well as econometrics and data analysis. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Program

The MA in Economics degree requires the completion of 30 semester credit hours. All students in the program must complete three core requirements in economic theory and econometrics (9 credit hours). In addition MA students will choose between two concentrations, Economic Analysis (21 credit hours) and Financial Economics (21 credit hours).

Program Requirements (9 credits)

Course Course # Title Credits
ECON 62050 Microeconomic Theory 3
ECON 62051 Macroeconomic Theory 3
ECON 62054 Econometrics 3

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)

  • Economic Analysis concentration (21)
  • Financial Economics concentration (21)

MINIMUM TOTAL (30)

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS CONCENTRATION INFORMATION

FINANCIAL ECONOMICS CONCENTRATION INFORMATION

Admissions

Graduate admissions requirement differ for domestic and international students. An undergraduate degree in economics is not required. Students entering the program are encouraged to have completed undergraduate courses in intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, differential calculus and statistics. 

Intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory can be made up in the first semester of the program. These background courses do not count toward the 30 hours required for the degree.

Application deadlines

Domestic students June 1st
International applicants March 15th
To be considered for financial assistance;
Both domestic and international applicants
March 15th

Domestic applicants

Domestic applicants should provide all of the following required materials:

  • GRE scores* (GMAT scores are accepted in lieu of GRE scores.)
  • Transcript
  • Goal Statement
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • For international students: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or PTE, if applicable

For students gaining direct entry into the program in the last 5 years, the median GRE score is 304 and the median GMAT score is 560. In addition, students held a median GPA of 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale).

International applicants

While the admission process for international applicants is essentially the same as domestic applicants, the application deadline differs and international applicants must also complete a few additional requirements.

International applicants should provide all of the following required materials: 

  • GRE scores* (GMAT scores are accepted in lieu of GRE scores.)
  • Transcript
  • Goal Statement
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    For students gaining direct entry into the program in the last 5 years is the median GRE score is 304 while the median GMAT score is 560. In addition, students held a median GPA of 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale).

International applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

  1. Required scores: All international graduate applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (80 on the Internet-based version) or a minimum MELAB score of 77 or IELTS score of 6.5 or a minimum PTE score of 54 for the admission in the MA in Economics program. Students should request that ETS send official TOEFL scores directly to Kent (institution code: 1367). An IELTS report needs to be sent as a scanned PDF. All admitted international students are required to take the ESL placement tests at the Office of Global Education upon arrival at Kent State. If as a result of the test, English language proficiency is deemed unsatisfactory for pursuing a graduate degree, students will be required to enroll in proper ESL course at Kent State.
  2. Exceptions: The English language requirement is waived if you meet one of the following exceptions:
    1. Applicants primarily educated in the following countries/territories: Anguilla, Guyana, Antigua & Barbuda, Ireland, Australia, Isle of Man, Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, Jersey, Belize, Liberia, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Cayman Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, Falkland Islands, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Ghana, Trinidad & Tobago, Gibraltar, Turks & Caicos Islands, Grenada, United Kingdom, Guernsey, United States Territories
    2. Applicants who have recently completed three years of full-time study at a high school or two years of full-time study at a university/college in the U.S. (supporting documents required)

Additional documents required for international applicants:

  • Passport Biographical Page
  • Certified English translation of required documents written in other languages (college transcript and College Graduation Certificate/Diploma if already issued)

For more information regarding international admissions, please visit the webpage of the Office of Global Education.

Combined BA/MA

We offer a combined BBA/MA or BA/MA program which allows you to take MA courses as an undergraduate which count towards both the BA/BBA in Economics and the MA in Economics. This allows you to earn a graduate degree in less time and have the advantages of higher starting salaries and additional career opportunities. 

Students must have earned 90 semesters hours to apply for the Combined Baccalaureate/Master's Program in the College of Business Administration. In addition, they must meet the GPA requirement of 3.30 after 90 semester hours.

Financial Assistance

Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis, awarded on the same criteria as admission. Both international and domestic students who apply to the program are automatically considered for a graduate assistantship. These provide a tuition waiver and a stipend that requires students to work as a teaching or research assistant between 10 and 15 hours per week. Normally about one-fourth to one-third of applicants are offered an assistantship.

Current Class

2016 M.A. Economics Class


 

Core Faculty for M.A. Economics

Dr. Donald Williams

Education: Ph.D. Northwestern University

Economics Department Chair; M.A. Coordinator

  • Research interests:
    • Labor market discrimination
    • Self-employment
    • Poverty and inequality
    • Economics of well-being
  • Courses taught:
    • ECON 52078 European Economic Issues​

 

Dr. Justin Barnette

Ph.D. University of Minnesota

  • Research interests:

Macroeconomics
Labor economics

  • Courses taught:

ECON 62051 Macroeconomic Theory

 

Dr. Emmanuel Dechenaux 

Ph.D. Purdue University

  • Research interests:    

Industrial organization
Experimental economics

  • Courses taught:        

ECON 62050 Microeconomic Theory
ECON 52068 Industrial Organization

 

Dr. Michael Ellis

Ph.D. Texas A&M University

  • Research interests:  

Monetary policy
Open economy macroeconomics

  • Courses taught:       

ECON 62061 Monetary Theory and Policy
ECON 62076 International Finance

 

Dr. Nadia Greenhlagh-Stanley

Ph.D. Syracuse University

  • Research interests:   

Health economics
Economics of aging

  • Courses taught:       

ECON 52081 Urban Economics
ECON 52086 Economics of Healthcare

 

Dr. Jeremiah Harris

Ph.D. Purdue University

  • Research interests:    

Empirical industrial organization
Financial economics

  • Courses taught:        

ECON 52068 Industrial Organization

 

Dr. Eric Johnson

Ph.D. University of California - San Diego

  • Research interests:    

Applied econometrics
Labor economics

  • Courses taught:        

ECON 62054 Econometrics I
ECON 62055 Econometrics II

 

Dr. Dandan Liu

Ph.D. Texas A&M University

  • Research interests:   

Economic forecasting
Empirical macroeconomics

  • Courses taught:       

ECON 64004 Quantitative Methods
ECON 62056 Time Series Analysis

 

Dr. Jooyoun Park

Ph.D. University of Michigan

  • Research interests:   

International trade
Labor market impact of globalization

  • Courses taught:       

ECON 62075 International Trade

 

Dr. C. Lockwood Reynolds

Ph.D. University of Michigan

  • Research interests:    

Labor economics
Public economics
Economics of education

  • Courses taught:        

ECON 52072 and ECON 62072 Economics of Labor Markets

 

Dr. Shawn Rohlin

Ph.D. Syracuse University

  • Research interests:    

Urban and regional economics
Public finance

  • Courses taught:        

ECON 52066 Economics of Entrepreneurship
ECON 62180 Regional Economics

 

Dr. Kathryn Wilson

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

  • Research interests:   

Public finance
Healthcare
Income Inequality and Poverty

  • Courses taught:       

ECON 52085 Public Finance
ECON 52086 Economics of Healthcare

Placement

Examples of job and Ph.D. program placements since 2012

Private and public sectors (2012-2016)

  • Analyst – Cleveland Clinic
  • Assistant Volunteer Coordinator – Global Hope Network
  • Capital Planning Analyst – FirstMerit Bank
  • Client Relations Coordinator – IDP Education Ltd
  • Data Analyst – Centene Corporation
  • Data Analyst – Santander Consumer USA
  • Data Scientist – Progressive Insurance
  • Economic Analyst – 3M Health Care
  • Economist – The Freedonia Group
  • Internal Auditor – Sherwin Williams
  • Executive Director – FinMango
  • Financial Marketing Analyst – LeNovo
  • Health services Analyst – Humana
  • Behavioral Modeling Analyst – KeyBank
  • Mutual Fund Administrator – Mutual Shareholders Services
  • Lecturer in Economics – University of Kirkuk
  • Portfolio Risk Specialist – Huntington National Bank
  • Pricing Assurance Analyst – Envision Rx Options
  • Research and Development – Farmers Insurance
  • Supervisor – Safeguard Properties

Ph.D. programs (2012-2016)

  • Carnegie Mellon (Financial Economics)
  • Clemson
  • Clemson
  • Florida International University
  • Georgia Tech (Economics)
  • Georgia Tech (Strategy)
  • Kansas State University
  • Purdue
  • Purdue
  • Purdue
  • Rice University (Finance)
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Binghamton

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