While many economics programs focus strictly on mainstream theories and quantitative skills, our master's program provides a bold alternative. Emphasizing conceptual understanding in addition to practical skills, such as quantitative analysis, policy analysis and mathematical modeling, we challenge you to explore new theories through heterodox economics. Our MA program challenges students to explore economic and social policy issues, organize complex ideas, connect difficult concepts, and apply their knowledge to shape economic decision making for better policy performance. With applied elective courses in many fields, like health economics and environmental economics, you can study the specific economic and social policy issues that interest you.

Your research culminates with a thesis project that requires you to connect what you've learned, provide evidence-based solutions to economic problems and articulate your arguments and conclusions. The quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, ability to think outside the box and expertise in utilizing econometric research gained in our program will enable you to enjoy long-term success as an economist in the public or private sector. Our recent graduates have launched careers in governmental agencies, policy research organizations, the business sector or within Denver's thriving startup and renewable energy sectors.

The MA in economics is now GRE optional.

What You Will Learn

DU's economics program is unique in its approach. Here are some of the ways we bring economics to life in the classroom:

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      We take a broader view of what the discipline is about than what's found in the average U.S. economics program.

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      We regard the economy as one element of a complex society, so we situate economic study at the center of multiple social factors.

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      We present alternative perspectives on the historical and present-day relevance of our material.

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      We encourage students not to take in received knowledge as the truth, but to examine it and question it.

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      We emphasize written assignments and critical thinking in our assessment of student performance, in addition to the ability to conduct quantitative analysis.


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    Degree Requirements

    • Students will complete a minimum of 45 credits for the degree. This can typically be accomplished in two years.
    • A minimum grade of B- is needed in each of the required courses.
    • Students will defend a thesis in an oral exam, and then complete any revisions the thesis committee suggests to earn the degree.

    See the DU Graduate Bulletin for full course requirements. 

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