M.A. - Economics;, Ph.D. - Business Administration Economics Concentration
The Master of Arts in Economics permits students to select one of three approaches. The first emphasizes terminal professional training to prepare the student for decision making and problem solving roles in business and other organizations. The second approach prepares the student for doctoral work and secondary and junior college teaching. In the third approach, students may emphasize public sector economics and prepares the student for government work.
All three approaches involve preparation in economic theory and quantitative methods. Students preparing for professional careers in business or government choose their elective courses from applied courses in public economics, law and economics, government regulation, international economics, labor economics, and urban and regional economics. Students preparing for doctoral studies select additional courses in economic theory, mathematics, and econometrics.
Admission Requirements: Minimum criteria -- Applicant must score 1000 or higher on the GRE or 500 or higher on the GMAT. GPA of 3.0 (B) or better in all upper division undergraduate work.
Applicants with a minimal background in economics and statistics may be required to take prerequisite courses in addition to the required 30 hours in graduate credits.
The primary requisites for success in graduate study in economics are strong motivation, aptitude and basic intellectual ability. An undergraduate major in economics is not required, but a sound background in economic theory, mathematics, and statistics normally will permit completion of the Masters' program in one year.
Application Deadlines are as follows: Fall: July 1; and Spring: November 1.
The University of South Florida holds SACS accreditation. The USF College of Business Administration