About the Program

Welcome to the Master of Arts in Economics at California State University, Long Beach

As business becomes increasingly quantitative, students need strong analytical and empirical skills to compete in the marketplace. The Master of Arts in Economics at CSULB provides students with the skills they need to succeed in positions in the public or private sector and gives a solid foundation for students who will pursue a doctorate degree.

“Having a graduate degree in economics from CSULB has helped me in many ways, sometimes in a nontraditional career choice such as software engineering. In addition to being able to engage in more thoughtful discussions at business meetings and economic conferences, I was able to apply what I learned to the development of our company’s software solution for nonprofits involving program tracking and evaluation.”
Tuan Do
Zealyx, Inc. (IT-Software Solutions-Consulting)

Program Description

The Department of Economics at California State University, Long Beach offers a program leading to a Masters of Arts in Economics. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in the public or private sectors and gives a solid foundation for students who will pursue a doctorate degree. We specialize in areas of research that align with our recognized expert faculty members, including environment and natural resource economics, transportation economics, and international trade and development.

Our program emphasizes applying economic theories using statistical methods and quantitative skills. The program consists of core courses in economic theory, econometrics, and research methods. The degree culminates with seminar courses in a specific field and general economics, where students undertake independent research projects. Students must successfully defend their research as part of a comprehensive exam to graduate.

The program features a 30-unit curriculum that can be completed in as little as 3 semesters for full-time students. Core courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. Please see our sample course schedule and goals and objectives of the program for more details.

Graduate Assistantships are available to students on a competitive basis. Students are encouraged to participate and take advantage of our sponsored events and organizations, including the Economics Research Seminar Series, the Economics Graduate Association (EGA), the CSULB Student Research Competition, the Annual Economics Poster Competition, and the CSULB Regional Economic Forum.

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