Economics (M.A.)

The Master’s in Economics program 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 economics and/or quantitative skills is expected, such as a degree in economics or international political economy, or a degree in 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. in Economics program:

  • 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., during the 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
or ECON 6950 Financial Econometrics
Six elective courses, selected from any mix of options within these thematic clusters: 218
Economic Theory
Economic Development
Quantitative Economics
Monetary Economics
Financial Economics
International Economics
Special Topics
Comprehensive Examination
ECON 0936Master's Comprehensive Examination-Economics0
Total Credits30

ECON 5710 Mathematical Analysis in Economics must be taken in the first semester.


 Any graduate-level economics course fills this requirement; a list can be found on our department page.

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 5015Economic Development Policy *3
ECON 5415Gender & Economic Development3
ECON 5450Crises, Adjustment and Poverty3
ECON 5540Emerging Markets3
ECON 6440Development Economics3
ECON 6460Agriculture and Development3
ECON 6470Growth and Development3
ECON 6490Foreign Aid and Development3
ECON 6530International Economics of Growth and Development3

Quantitative Economics

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

Monetary Economics 

Course Title Credits
ECON 6310Monetary Policy3
ECON 6320Monetary Theory3

Financial Economics

Course Title Credits
ECON 5040Strategic Financial Management3
ECON 5570Global Financial Markets *3
ECON 6240Financial Economics3
ECON 6340Financial Theory3

International Economics

Course Title Credits
ECON 6510International Trade3
ECON 6560International Finance3

Special Topics

Course Title Credits
ECON 5006Programming Economics and Finance3
ECON 5020African Economic Development3
ECON 5105Topics in Economic History3
ECON 5260Epidemics and Development Policy3
ECON 5280Urban Economics3
ECON 5590Health Economics3
ECON 5760Computational Macroeconomics/Finance3
ECON 6480Environmental and Resource Economics3

Economics M.A. and Ph.D. students cannot use a course marked with an asterisk (*) as an elective unless they obtain prior approval from the associate chair for graduate studies in economics.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive exam in economics 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 at the end of May/early June.