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

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

Funding opportunities

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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Program Overview

  • 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

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Grad School applications should be submitted online.

A complete application to the University of Montana Graduate School will include:

  • 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:

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.

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