Graduate Program

Graduate Program in Economics

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Start Fall 2020! Apply now through April 15, 2020

The Department of Economics offers one program: Master of Arts in Economics. Our 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 transportation and development economics. 

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 Long Beach Regional Economic Forum.

Admission & Application

IMPORTANT DATES

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020.

• For Domestic Applicants fall 2020 applications will be accepted from October 1, 2019 to April 15, 2020.
• For International Applicants fall 2020 applications will be accepted from October 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020
• Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis from March to May 2020
• Graduate Assistantship offers will be made in May to June 2020
• Fall semester starts on August 17, 2020

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

• You must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university. Click here for a list of foreign universities.
• You must have either majored or minored in economics or taken 18 units of core economics courses.
• You must have completed (1) principles of macroeconomics, (2) principles of microeconomics, (3) intermediate microeconomics, (4) intermediate macroeconomics, (5) statistics, and (6) calculus.
• A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50
• A minimum GPA 3.0 GPA in (1) principles of macroeconomics, (2) principles of microeconomics, (3) intermediate microeconomics, (4) intermediate macroeconomics, (5) statistics, and (6) calculus.

APPLICATION

  • You must submit a University Application which includes
    • $70 application fee
    • A Personal Statement of 500-750 words
    • Two  recommenders
      • CSULB students & alumni: two CSULB faculty with at least one being from Economics
      • non-CSULB students: two faculty with at least one preferable from Economics
    • University-sealed official transcripts sent to
      • Enrollment Services/Admissions
        California State University, Long Beach
        1250 Bellflower Blvd.
        Long Beach, CA 90840
    • GRE (or GMAT) scores are not required, but encouraged. If completed, please send scores to Institution Code 4389, Department Code 1801 for non-CSULB students.

Click here for an application checklist downloaded here.

Tuition, Assistantships, & Scholarships

TUITION & FEES

Please refer to the university's webpage on Tuition and Fees. Tuition and fees will depend on each student's residency status and part-time/full-time unit load.  The typical MA in Economics student takes 10 units per Fall and Spring semester for a total of three semesters. 

GRADUATE & TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS

Assistantship are available to students on a competitive basis. In the 2019-2020, each semester we offered 110 hours per week of graduate assistantships and 6 teaching assistantships. Graduate assistantships included grading and tutoring responsibilities. Teaching assistantships included running lab sections for Economics Statistics, Introduction to Econometrics, Econometrics I, Econometrics II, and Forecasting.  

SCHOLARSHIPS

For the 2019-20 academic year, MA in Economics students received a total of $2,000 from department scholarships. Applications for department scholarships are accepted between November and March, and are awarded the next academic year.

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Goals & Objectives

CURRICULUM

Candidates in this program are responsible for observing the general requirements stated in the university catalog as well as requirements specified by the Department. Information may be obtained from the graduate advisor

Sample Course Schedule

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. The degree culminates with seminar courses in a specific field and general economics, where students undertake independent research projects. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and successfully defend their research as part of a comprehensive exam to graduate. Please see our sample course schedule for more details. 

Printable flyer with requirements and sample schedule: Program Requirements and Curriculum

SAMPLE SCHEDULE FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS

1st FALL

  • ECON 510: Advanced Microeconomics (3 units; complete with a grade of B or better)
  • ECON 511: Advanced Macroeconomics (3 units; complete with a grade of B or better)
  • ECON 585: Econometrics I (4 units; complete with a grade of C or better)

SPRING

  • ECON 586: Econometrics II (4 units; complete with a grade of C or better)
  • ECON 587: Research Methods in Economics (3 units; complete with a grade of C or better)
  • ECON 500-Level Elective (3 units; complete with a grade of C or better)
    • In recent years, we have offered ECON 565: Economic Development (3 units)

2nd FALL

  • ECON 690: Seminar in Economics (3 units; complete with a grade of B or better)
  • ECON 691: Economics Research Lab (1 unit; complete with a grade of B or better)
  • ECON 600-Level Elective (3 units; complete with a grade of B or better)
    • In recent years, we have offered ECON 666: Seminar in Transportation Economics (3 units)
  • 400-Level Economics Elective (3 units; complete with a grade of C or better)

Last edited 2/3/2020 - Curriculum subject to change

Contact Us

For general questions about our program, please visit our department office in SPA-361A or contact us at 562-985-5061 or econ-grad@csulb.edu. Our office is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The department is closed for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. every day.

Mariya Mileva

Master of Arts in Economics Academic Advising

Mariya Mileva, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor
For academic advising and program questions for the Master of Arts in Economics program, please schedule to meet with the graduate advisor.

Office Location: SSPA 343
Email: mariya.mileva@csulb.edu
Spring 2020 Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00-3:00p or by appointment