M.S. Program of Study

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Economics is designed as a thirty credit hour, one year coursework only program---but can be completed at the student's own pace.  Students are required to complete four core courses (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Probability and Statistical Methods, and Econometric Analysis/Modeling) and two elective economics courses.  At least Microeconomics must be taken within the student's first semester, but beyond that, a student may craft their own academic plan that suits both their intended completion timeline and/or compliments their interests.

Beyond these six courses, students may choose four approved elective courses, either within or outside the School of Economics.  Please see the Program Electives for additional details.

NOTE: The program offers students the choice of completing the program in one calendar year (fall, spring, and summer) OR can be completed at the students' own pace within the six-year Georgia Tech Graduate Studies limit of time. It is NOT required to complete the program in one calendar year.

Internship Option

Minimum course credit hours at 6000 to 9000 level: 21

Course List
Code Title Credit Hours
ECON 6105 Macroeconomics 3
ECON 6106 Microeconomic Analysis 3
ECON 6140 Probability & Statistics 3
ECON 6160 Econometric Analysis 3
Economics Electives 3
Internship 3
Advisor approved free electives 12
Total Credit Hours 30

Coursework Option

Minimum course credit hours at 6000 to 9000 level: 21

Course List
Code Title Credit Hours
ECON 6105 Macroeconomics 3
ECON 6106 Microeconomic Analysis 3
ECON 6140 Probability & Statistics 3
ECON 6160 Econometric Analysis 3
Economics electives 6
Advisor approved free electives 12
Total Credit Hours 30

Directed Study Option

Minimum course credit hours at 6000 to 9000 level: 21

Course List
Code Title Credit Hours
ECON 6105 Macroeconomics 3
ECON 6106 Microeconomic Analysis 3
ECON 6140 Probability & Statistics 3
ECON 6160 Econometric Analysis 3
Economics Electives 3
Directed Study  3
Advisor approved free electives  12
Total Credit Hours 30

 

Within those 30 credit hours, the student can choose 12 credit hours of elective courses in complementary areas such as Mathematics, Statistics, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, International Affairs, various areas in Management, or Public Policy, among other areas, or in Economics. The selection of these electives will be based on the student's chosen areas of concentration. The MS Program Director, Dr. Danny Hughes will grant approvals for the Economics elective courses, and students should contact the department in which the course they are seeking to take is housed.

A sample pathway to completing the degree in two calendar years is as follows:

Semester 1 (Fall) - 6 Credit Hours

  • ECON 6106: Microeconomics
  • ECON 6140: Probability & Statistical Methods

Semester 2 (Spring) – 6 Credit Hours

  • ECON 6105: Macroeconomics
  • ECON 6160: Econometric Analysis/Modeling

Semester 3 (Summer) - 6 Credit Hours

  • Independent Study or Internship (Counts as ECON or Free Elective 1)
  • Independent Study or Internship (Counts as ECON or Free Elective 2)

Semester 4 (Fall) - 6 Credit Hours

  • ECON or Free Elective 3
  • ECON or Free Elective 4

Semester 5 (Spring) - 6 Credit Hours

  • ECON or Free Elective 5
  • ECON or Free Elective 6

Please note that course offerings change each semester. A particular course may not be offered every semester or even every year, while other courses may be added. It is best to plan the coursework early and in consultation with Dr. Danny Hughes, in order to ensure that a particular specialization can be completed.  Degree requirements can be found in the course catalog.