Texas Tech University

M.A. in Economics

The Master of Arts in Economics at Texas Tech University provides a strong foundation in the theory and tools of economics through two available tracks: non-thesis plan and thesis plan. The goal of the program is to equip students with a deep understanding of markets, economic policies, human behavior, and organizational dynamics, and to provide them with the tools needed to conduct research in the field of economics. Both tracks prepare graduates for successful careers in the private and public sectors as economists.

The program requires 36 credit hours of coursework, including Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, Microeconomic Analysis, and elective courses, covering topics such as Time Series Econometrics, Natural Resources and Environmental Economics, Labor Markets Theory and Policy, and Advanced International Finance, among others. To earn the degree, students can choose either the non-thesis plan which involves passing a comprehensive written exam, or the thesis plan that involves writing and successfully defending a 6-credit-hour thesis. Usually, students do not decide on a plan until later in the program, based on their personal preferences and career aspirations.

Whether you choose the non-thesis or thesis plan, the Master of Arts in Economics program at Texas Tech University provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the constantly evolving world of economics.

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