Master of Arts in Economics
The University of Montana’s Master of Arts in Economics prepares students to be successful at top-ranked PhD programs and in jobs as professional economists. We emphasize the application of economic theory and implementation of empirical methods, and offer particular strengths in development and environmental economics.
A bridge to a PhD program in Economics
- We provide the economic theory and mathematics training necessary to be successful in a PhD program
- Recent placements include: University of Oregon, Simon Fraser, UC Irvine, Washington State (finance), and Northern Arizona Univ. (Forestry)
Outstanding preparation for professional economist positions
- Applied and empirical focus prepares students for our current data-focused job market
- Recent graduates have been hired by Montana Department of Labor, MT Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, UM’s BBER
Focused on the success of our master’s students
Our master’s students collaborate closely on research with our faculty and receive individual mentoring tailored to their career objectives
We offer teaching and research assistantships on a competitive basis that include tuition waivers and stipends. More details on funding can be found on the Graduate School web site.
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- Course work: Students focus on course work during their first year of study. All students complete advanced courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconometrics and forecasting, and microeconometrics. Nearly all of our students complete additional courses in mathematics and statistics.
- Thesis: In the second year, students design and complete an empirically-oriented thesis. Completion of the thesis requires that a student integrate economic theory and empirical analysis and demonstrates the skills required to be a successful professional economist.
- Graduate Program Requirement Details
- Resources for Graduate Students
Grad School applications should be submitted online.
- 3 letters of recommendation
- GRE scores
- Non-native English speakers must include TOEFL scores
- Payment of application fee
You may also submit the following to the Economics Department via email:
- Official undergraduate transcripts
- Short personal statement of purpose
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship (TA) Application if you would like to be considered for funding.
Application Deadline: We accept applications on a rolling basis, but applicants who submit a completed application before January 15 will be given priority for the following Fall semester.