Program Information

The Department of Economics offers programs that train students in the theory, analysis, and application of Economics. A Master of Science in Economics (MS) degree is offered, with three optional concentrations from which to choose. If a concentration is not selected, the General Economics track is the default program.

General Economics is designed to provide tools for in-depth analysis of economics in the general setting of economics. Students may choose among all field courses to gain a greater breadth of economic training.

The Econometrics and Data Analytics concentration offers students the opportunity to focus on econometrics courses along with cutting-edge courses in information technology, including data analytics, data mining, blockchain technology, and artificial intelligence.

The Financial Economics concentration aims to blend the core of economics with a specialization in finance to enable students to take full advantage of the integration of the two disciplines. Students may choose among a set of course offerings in the Department of Finance.

The International Economics concentration gears the economics program to an international dimension of business in an environment of globalization. Students may select global-focused courses from the finance and management disciplines.

For a detailed description of each of these concentrations, see the College of Business section in the FAU Graduate Catalog.

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits to earn the M.S. degree. For students that choose not to pursue the thesis option (this is more common), all credits will be earned through graduate coursework. If students choose to pursue the thesis option, a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate coursework and completion of the 6 credit thesis is required. Note: Students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA throughout their time in the M.S. Economics Program.

Students scoring slightly below minimum admission requirements are recommended to submit supplemental information. Supplemental documents, letters of recommendation, and/or writing samples should be submitted directly to the Graduate Advising Office. Applicants are becoming increasingly more dynamic and competitive, and the Department of Economics strongly encourages applicants to schedule a meeting with the Program Advisor to demonstrate their promise within the program.

 

Core of Economics Courses (12 credits)

Advanced Microeconomics

ECO 6115

3

Advanced Macroeconomics

ECO 6206

3

Advanced Mathematical Economics

ECO 6403

3

Advanced Econometrics

ECO 6426

3

 

These 4 core classes are required for all students pursuing M.S. Economics degrees. Additional requirements for the General Economics program and three optional concentrations are as follows:

General Economics

Two Field Courses in Economics (6 credits)

Advanced Monetary Economics

ECO 6216

3

Advanced Game Theory and Applications

ECO 6409

3

Topics of  Econometrics

ECO 6424

3

Panel Data

ECO 6427

3

Advanced International Trade

ECO 6706

3

Advanced International Development

ECO 6709

3

Advanced International Monetary Economics

ECO 6716

3

International Economics Field Experience

ECO 6958

3

 

Econometrics and Data Analytics Concentration

Three Field Courses  (9 credits)
Panel Data ECO 6427 3
Topics of Econometrics ECO 6424 3
Introduction to Bus. Analytics & Big Data ISM 6404 3
Advanced Bus. Analytics ISM 6405 3
One Business Course (3 credits)
Data Mining and Predictive Analytics ISM 6136 3
Data Management and Analysis w/ Excel QMB 6303 3
Blockchain and Digital Business Transformation ISM 6455 3
Business Innovation and Artificial Intelligence ISM 6427C 3
ECO Field Courses ECO 6XXX 3

 

Financial Economics Concentration

Two Field Courses in Economics (6 credits)

Advanced Monetary Economics

ECO 6216

3

Advanced International Monetary Economics

ECO 6716

3

International Economics Field Experience

ECO 6958

3

Two Graduate Courses in Finance (6 credits)

Financial Management

FIN 6406*

3

* This course or its equivalent must be completed before any other finance course and cannot be counted for graduate credit. Students with prior training in finance may choose two courses from the following:

Seminar in Financial Markets

FIN 6246

3

Financial Management: Investment Decisions and Policy

FIN 6436

3

Investment Management

FIN 6515

3

Financial Risk Management and Derivatives

FIN 6537

3

Multinational Finance

FIN 6605

3

Theory of Financial Management

FIN 6804

3

Advanced Financial Management

FIN 6806

3

 

International Economics Concentration

Two Field Courses in Economics (6 credits)

Advanced International Trade

ECO 6706

3

Advanced International Development

ECO 6709

3

Advanced International Monetary Economics

ECO 6716

3

International Economics Field Experience

ECO 6958

3

Two Graduate Courses in Business (6 credits)

Multinational Finance

FIN 6605

3

International Business Operations

MAN 6614

3

Global Business Strategy

MAN 6721

3

Emerging Market Economies

MAN 6728

3

Global Environment of Management

MAN 6937

3

Contact Us

Contact Dr. Eric Chiang of the Master of Science in Economics

Department of Economics
Dr. Eric Chiang, Associate Professor
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
email: chiang@fau.edu
p: (561) 297-2947
office: KH (25) 108

Michaela Smolka

Academic Advisor

Michaela Smolka
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
email: Msmolka2014@fau.edu
p: 561-297-2775

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