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Financial economics specialization

Admission requirements summary

Financial economics specialization
Degree:

M.A.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall
Spring
Summer
Deadline
dates:

Jul 1
Nov 1
Apr 1
Test
requirements:

GRE-General (GMAT is acceptable)

Degree requirements

One course in each of the following subject areas is a prerequisite for the specialization in financial economics: intermediate macroeconomic theory, intermediate microeconomic theory, introductory econometrics, calculus and finance. The student’s adviser will review the student’s economics and mathematical background to determine the extent to which the student has satisfied the prerequisites. Required prerequisites may be taken after admission.

The specialization in financial economics requires 33 semester hours of 600-level courses. Under the thesis option, the 33 hours must include nine core courses and two restricted electives. Under the non-thesis option, the 33 hours must include seven core courses, three restricted electives and one general elective in economics, finance or other approved field.

Degree requirements with thesis
 
Core area credits
ECON 604 Advanced Microeconomic Theory 3
ECON 607 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory 3
ECON 612 Econometrics 3
ECON 614 Mathematical Economics 3
ECON 617 Financial Markets 3
ECON 641 Econometric Time Series Analysis 3
ECON 642 Panel and Nonlinear Methods in Econometrics 3
ECON 798-799 Thesis in Economics 6
  ______
27
   
Restricted electives  
Two of the following three courses 6
  ECON 623 Anomalies in Financial Economics  
  FIRE 635 Investments and Security Analysis  
  FIRE 650 Derivatives  
    ______
33
   
Degree requirements without thesis
 
Core area credits
ECON 604 Advanced Microeconomic Theory 3
ECON 607 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory 3
ECON 612 Econometrics 3
ECON 614 Mathematical Economics 3
ECON 617 Financial Markets 3
ECON 641 Econometric Time Series Analysis 3
ECON 642 Panel and Nonlinear Methods in Econometrics 3
  ______
21
   
Restricted electives  
Three of the following four courses 9
  ECON 623 Anomalies in Financial Economics  
  FIRE 623 Financial Management  
  FIRE 635 Investments and Security Analysis  
  FIRE 650 Derivatives  
    ______
30
     
Approved elective in economics, finance or other field 3
  ______
33
   
Note: Electives are approved in consultation with the graduate adviser for the Master of Arts in Economics.  

 

 

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