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.
- 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.
Our M.A. in Economics program has STEM designation, with CIP code 45.0603 (Econometrics and Quantitative Economics). It allows our international students to apply for a two year OPT extension in addition to the standard 12 months of F1 student visas for all other degrees.
COMBINED BBA(BA)/MA PROGRAM
We offer a combined BBA/MA or BA/MA program, allowing a current KSU undergraduate to take MA courses as an undergraduate which count towards both the BBA/BA degree and the MA in Economics, up to 9 credit hours can be double counted. This allows students to earn a graduate degree in less time and have the advantages of higher starting salaries and additional career opportunities.
Undergraduate students with an Economics major or a Finance major who are applying to the combined bachelor's/ master's program with the M.A.E. degree must have earned a minimum 60 credit hours (junior standing) and have a minimum 3.20 overall GPA. In addition, students in the B.B.A. degree in Finance must have earned a minimum B grade in ECON 32040: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory and Applications. Econ 32050 Applied Econometrics I is not required but strongly recommended. Students with an Economics major in the combined program can pursue either the Economic Analysis Concentration or the Financial Economics Concentration. Students with a Finance major in the combined program may only pursue the Financial Economics Concentration.
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