Graduate Program

Graduate Program in Economics

The Department of Economics offers one program: Master of Arts in Economics. For general questions about our program, please visit our department office in SPA-361A or contact us at 562-985-5061 or 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.

Master of Arts in Economics

Admissions & Application

Program Objectives & Curriculum

Placements & Awards

Student Research

Academic Advising

The Masters of Arts in Economics 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.