Minor in Microeconomics of Strategic Analysis (MESA)

The Minor in Microeconomics of Strategic Analysis (MESA) provides students a 15-hour economics concentration to learn strategic decision making designed around microeconomic theory.

Students will not only learn core microeconomic theory, but also advanced micro theory concepts and tools pertaining to the economics of strategic decision-making, including game theory, industrial organization, behavioral economics, network economics, and the economics of information.

These are well-established fields of theoretical microeconomics that have applications in key sectors including (but not limited to) manufacturing, marketing, health, computer science, and business.

View the requirements for the MESA minor in the Georgia Tech Course Catalog.


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Graduate Course Option

Georgia Tech minors can invoke the Graduate Course Option to work on a Master’s in Economics and double count courses towards both an undergraduate minor and graduate work. The graduate course option allows you to take up to 2 MS Economics courses as an undergraduate and finish the MS degree in the 2 semesters after graduation.

In your last semester, you can officially apply to the MS in Economics program with the benefit of being one of our existing students, earning your application a high priority in the admissions process. Existing Tech students do not need to submit GRE scores or Letters of Recommendation.

Students accepted into the program can then use the 2 MS courses they took as undergraduates and apply them towards their Master’s work, leaving only 8 classes left to complete the program and earn a Master’s in Economics.

The  MS in Economics is quantitative in nature and focuses on developing analytical skills. Students take a minimum of 6 hours of advanced statistical methods- Econometrics, as well as Calculus-based Microeconomic theory and Macroeconomic theory. Other elective courses offer practical business skills in cost-benefit analysis, forecasting, machine learning, and transfer pricing. Twenty percent of the program is completely flexible allowing students to enhance their skills in an adjacent discipline or even begin work on a second master’s, double counting credit between programs.

If you are interested in pursuing a MS in Economics, you can reach out to our academic advisor, Davis (davisp@gatech.edu), or Director of the MS program, Whitney Buser (wbuser3@gatech.edu). 


Declare your minor in economics by following the steps below.

  1. Register for the ECON courses you want.
  2. Fill out the DocuSign Add a Minor Form, it will be automatically sent to your major and minor advisors. Once both minor and major advisors sign the form, the DocuSign form will be automatically submitted to the Registrar's Office.​
  3. Subscribe to the ECON Minors email list to stay in touch with our awesome ECON Community.​
  4. At the start of your last semester, fill out the Approved Program of Study form and submit it to Davis Palubeski and your major advisor for signatures. The signed form must be submitted to the registrar along with your application to graduate.​