Economics Department

MA - Economics, Concentration in Applied Economics

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
This requirement is satisfied by passing ECON 205.
Requirements of the Masters32-33
Core Courses16
ECON 104. Mathematical Methods for Economics4
ECON 201. Seminar in Microeconomic Analysis3
ECON 203A. Economic Research Methods3
ECON 205. Workshop in Policy AnalysisGWAR3
Complete one course from:
ECON 202. Seminar in Macroeconomic Analysis3
ECON 235. Seminar in Monetary Theory and Policy3
Concentration Requirements9
ECON 203B. Seminar in Econometric Methods3
Complete two courses from:
ECON 138. Business and Economic Forecasting4
ECON 232. Seminar in Public Finance3
ECON 241. Seminar in Law and Economics3
ECON 251. Seminar in Labor Economics3
Approved 100- or 200-level courses
Culminating Experience1
ECON 298E. Special Study Comprehensive Exam1

Total Units:32-33

Elective courses must be planned in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

The maximum number of upper-division undergraduate units that can be applied toward the master's degree is 15.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy and SJSU Cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 in order to graduate.

Culminating Experience

Plan B (Comprehensive Examination)

Most students complete a final written examination not a thesis. The comprehensive exam covers three subjects: microeconomic theory, macroeconomic/monetary theory or Econometrics, and applied economics. Students register once, for one unit of ECON 298E in the semester they plan to take the examination. Students can take the exam a total of three times. Policies concerning Probation and Disqualification for failure to complete the exam are available online and in the Economics Office.