Economics (M.A.)

The master’s program in Economics requires 30 credits of coursework (10 classes) and the passing of a comprehensive exam. Full-time students usually complete the M.A. within a 12-month period. Classes are offered in the evenings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Fordham University Rose Hill campus. M.A. candidates must maintain a 3.0 [B] average in their course work.


An undergraduate degree in a field emphasizing either economics or quantitative skills or ideally both is expected, such as a degree with a major in economics, international political economy, or math, finance, psychology, computer science or business with a minor in economics. The following courses or equivalent should be taken prior to beginning the M.A. program in Economics

  • Intermediate-level Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
  • Math for Economists OR Calculus I and Linear Algebra
  • Statistics I and Statistics II (Statistical Decision Making)

If these classes were not completed with a previous degree, then the required classes will be added to a student’s admission. These classes must be taken in the first semester or prior to beginning the program (e.g., in summer or previous semester).


Course Title Credits
Core Courses
ECON 5710Mathematical Analysis in Economics 13
ECON 6010Microeconomic Theory I3
ECON 6020Macroeconomic Theory I3
ECON 6910Applied Econometrics3
Six elective courses, selected from any mix of options within the thematic clusters: 218
Economic Theory
Economic Development
Quantitative Economics
Monetary Economics
Financial Economics
Special Topics
Comprehensive Examination
ECON 0936Master's Comprehensive Examination-Economics0
Total Credits30

Thematic Clusters

Economic Theory

Course Title Credits
ECON 5750Game Theory3
ECON 6700Mathematical Methods in Economics II3
ECON 7010Microeconomic Theory II3
ECON 7020Macroeconomic Theory II3

Economic Development

Course Title Credits
ECON 5015Eco Development Policy3
ECON 5415Gender and Economic Devlpmt3
ECON 5450Crises, Adjustment and Poverty3
ECON 5510International Economic Policy3
ECON 5540Emerging Markets3
ECON 6440Development Economics3
ECON 6460Agriculture and Development3
ECON 6470Growth and Development3
ECON 6490Foreign Aid & Development3
ECON 6530International Economics of Development3

Quantitative Economics

Course Title Credits
ECON 6950Financial Econometrics3
ECON 7910Econometrics I3
ECON 7920Econometrics II3

Monetary Economics 

Course Title Credits
ECON 5515Int'l Monetary Policy3
ECON 5551Domestic and International Banking3
ECON 6310Monetary Policy3
ECON 6320Monetary Theory3

Financial Economics

Course Title Credits
ECON 5040Strategic Financial Management3
ECON 5570Global Financial Markets3
ECON 6240Financial Economics3
ECON 6340Financial Theory3
ECON 6560International Finance3

Special Topics

Course Title Credits
ECON 5006Programming Econ& Finance3
ECON 5020African Economic Development3
ECON 5105Topics in Economic History3
ECON 5260Epidemics & Devel Policy3
ECON 5280Urban Economics3
ECON 5590Health Economics3
ECON 5760Computational Macroeconomics/Finance3
ECON 6480Environmental and Resource Eco3
ECON 6510International Trade3

Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Exam tests knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics and is taken after completion of ECON 6010 and ECON 6020. It is a three-hour written certification examination and is offered twice per year in January and end of May/early June. Students are exempt from the M.A. certification if they pass the Ph.D. certification examinations in economic theory.