M.A. Economics | College of Business Administration | Kent State University

M.A. Economics

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. 

Dandan Liu, Ph.D.

Director, Master of Arts in Economics program

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Interested in learning more about the M.A. in Economics degree at Kent State? Contact us at 330-672-2282 or online form and we can help answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Course Overview

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).


Curriculum Structure

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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.


Application Deadlines

  Fall Spring
Domestic students* June 1st November 15
International applicants* February 15th October 15
Graduate Assistantship / Scholarship application * February 15th October 15

* Applications received after deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university necessary for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.00 undergraduate GPA on a 4.00 point scale necessary for unconditional admission
  • GRE scores* (GMAT scores are accepted in lieu of GRE scores.)
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Goal Statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based score)
    • minimum 80 TOEFL iBT score (internet-based score)
    • minimum 6.5 IELTS score

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies Admission website.

For more information on international admissions, visit the Office of Global Education Admissions website.


Combined BBA/MA or 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 BBA/BA 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 credit hours to apply for the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program in the College of Business Administration. In addition, they must meet the GPA requirement of either minimum 3.30 GPA after 90 credit hours, or minimum 3.20 GPA after 105 credit 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.


Class Profile

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


Tuition and Fees

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. 

As of Fall 2018:

Domestic Students: $525 per credit hour
International Students and Non-Ohio Residents: $979 per credit hour

More Tuition & Fees information available here.

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

Graduate assistantships and scholarships are available. These awards are very competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Graduate assistantships consist of a tuition waiver and stipend paid for work performed in the department.



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. Kathryn Wilson
Chair, Department of Economics

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Public Finance, Healthcare, Poverty, Inequality 
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Dr. Donald Williams
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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Contact Us

 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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