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Master of Arts in Economics

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Dandan Liu, Ph.D.
Director, Master of Arts in Economics program
Kent State University College of Business Administration

The Master of Arts (MA) in Economics program at Kent State University provides a foundation in the tools of economic policy and data analysis. Program graduates go on to obtain a wide range of positions in the insurance and banking industries, as well as continuing academic careers by pursuing a Ph.D.

Two concentrations are offered in the MA in Economics program: Economic Analysis and Financial Economics.

  • One distinct advantage of the Economic Analysis concentration is its focus on the development of strong analytical and quantitative skills. Students are well-trained in the application of economic theory and methods of statistical analysis.
  • The Financial Economics concentration is primarily designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the financial services industry, including commercial banking, investment banking, insurance, real estate and financial advising. 

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

Core Requirements (9 credit hours)

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

Concentration Requirements (21 credit hours) 

  • Economic Analysis concentration (21 credit hours) or 
  • Financial Economics concentration (21 credit hours)

Degree Requirement (minimum 30 credit hours)




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Master of Arts (MA) in Economics 

Dr. Dandan Liu
Director, Master of Arts in Economics program
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Applied Macroeconomics, Economic Forecasting 
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Dr. Donald Williams
Chair, Department of Economics
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Labor Market Analysis, Wage Discrimination & Inequality, Determinants of Job Satisfaction, Self-Employment, Cross-National Comparisons
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Dr. Justin Barnette
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Macroeconomics, Labor Economics
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Dr. Emmanuel Dechenaux
Ph.D., Purdue University
Industrial Organization, Experimental Economics
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Dr. Michael Ellis
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Monetary Policy, Open Economy Macroeconomics
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Dr. Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Urban Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Aging, Applied Microeconomics
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Dr. Jeremiah Harris
Ph.D., Purdue University
Industrial Organization, Financial Economics, Corporate Finance, Applied Mircoeconomics
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Dr. Eric Johnson
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Applied Econometrics, Labor Economics
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Dr. Jooyoun Park
Ph.D., University of Michigan
International Trade, Labor Market Impacts of Globalization, Trade Policy
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Dr. C. Lockwood Reynolds
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Labor Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Education
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Dr. Shawn Rohlin Ph.D., Syracuse University
Urban and Regional Economics, Public Finance, Labor Economics
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Dr. Kathryn Wilson
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Public Finance, Healthcare, Poverty, Inequality 
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Tuition, Fees and Financial Assistance

In your research you will find Kent State offers best-value programs compared with several other universities with Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, the top credential for business schools. 

Kent State University Graduate Tuition*

Ohio resident: $5,655 per semester

Non-Ohio resident: $10,198 per semester

* based on 11-18 credit hours (one semester for a full-time student). Program and special course fees are additional. A $515 per credit hour fee applies to all enrolled semester hours above 18 credits.   

Financial assistance available:

Merit-based scholarships

Merit-based Graduate Assistantships   

Loans and Work Study (domestic students only)

Employer Tuition Reimbursement (applicants should check with their employer to see if this benefit is offered)

* The tuition and fee information provided reflects, at a glance, generalized rates and is intended to act as a guide. Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. Detailed information regarding tuition and fees can be found in the University Fee Register.

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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.


Domestic students June 1st
International applicants February 15th
Both domestic and international applicants * February 15th

* To be considered for financial assistance.



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 students gaining direct entry into the program in the last 3 years, the median GRE score is 309 and the median GMAT score is 540. In addition, students held a median GPA of 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale).


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
  • TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or PTE, if applicable

For students gaining direct entry into the program in the last 3 years, the median GRE score is 309 and the median GMAT score is 540. In addition, students held a median GPA of 3.40 (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.


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.


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.

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Master of Arts (MA) in Economics 

Dandan Liu, Ph.D.: Director, MA Economics Program
 330-672-1095 Dr. Liu's Office 
 330-672-2282 Graduate Programs Office

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