Graduate Program in Economics
Start Fall 2022! Domestic Application Deadline is April 15, 2022!
International Application Deadline is April 1, 2022!
The Department of Economics offers one program: Master of Arts in Economics. Our program is designed to prepare students for careers in the public or private sectors and gives a solid foundation for students who will pursue a doctorate degree. We specialize in areas of research that align with our recognized expert faculty members, including transportation and development economics.
Students are encouraged to participate and take advantage of our sponsored events and organizations, including the Economics Research Seminar Series, the Economics Graduate Association (EGA), the CSULB Student Research Competition, the Annual Economics Poster Competition, and the Long Beach Regional Economic Forum.
We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2022 admission.
• For Domestic Applicants Fall 2022 applications will be accepted from October 1, 2021, to April 15, 2022.
• For International Applicants Fall 2022 applications will be accepted from October 1, 2021, to April 1, 2022.
• Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis from March to May 2022
• Graduate Assistantship offers will be made in May to June 2022
• Fall semester starts on August 16, 2022
• To officially apply visit Cal State Apply.
• You must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university. Click here for a list of foreign universities.
• You must have either majored or minored in economics or taken 18 units of core economics courses.
• You must have completed (1) principles of macroeconomics, (2) principles of microeconomics, (3) intermediate microeconomics, (4) intermediate macroeconomics, (5) statistics, and (6) calculus.
• A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50
• A minimum GPA 3.0 GPA in (1) principles of macroeconomics, (2) principles of microeconomics, (3) intermediate microeconomics, (4) intermediate macroeconomics, (5) statistics, and (6) calculus.
- You must submit a University Application which includes
- $70 application fee
- A Personal Statement of 500-750 words
- Two recommenders
- CSULB students & alumni: two CSULB faculty with at least one being from Economics
- non-CSULB students: two faculty with at least one preferable from Economics
- Submitting Transcripts
- Sending Transcript through mail
- Enrollment Services/Admissions
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
- Enrollment Services/Admissions
- Submitting Electronic Transcripts
- Official transcripts may be submitted electronically directly from a U.S. college or university to ES-IDPTrans@csulb.edu.
- CSULB Students and Alumni do not need to submit official transcripts.
- Non-CSULB Students: Unofficial transcript(s) documenting that you have completed the required courses in Economics for admission
- Non-CSULB Students: Official transcripts documenting that you have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university.
- Sending Transcript through mail
- GRE (or GMAT) scores are not required, but encouraged. If completed, please send scores to Institution Code 4389, Department Code 1801 for non-CSULB students.
- A Resume/CV is not required but encouraged, indicating any work experience and activities relevant to the program.
- If you wish to upload a writing sample of a research paper or any other relevant documentation, you can do so in the Supplemental Materials section.
Download a 2021 Application Checklist.
TUITION & FEES
Please refer to the university's webpage on Tuition and Fees. Tuition and fees will depend on each student's residency status and part-time/full-time unit load. The typical MA in Economics student takes 10 units per Fall and Spring semester for a total of three semesters.
GRADUATE & TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS
Assistantship are available to students on a competitive basis. In the 2021-2022, each semester we offered 110 hours per week of graduate assistantships and 6 teaching assistantships. Graduate assistantships included grading and tutoring responsibilities. Teaching assistantships included running lab sections for Economics Statistics, Introduction to Econometrics, Econometrics I, Econometrics II, and Forecasting.
For the 2021-22 academic year, MA in Economics students received a total of $2,000 from department scholarships. Applications for department scholarships are accepted between November and March, and are awarded the next academic year.
Candidates in this program are responsible for observing the general requirements stated in the university catalog as well as requirements specified by the Department. Information may be obtained from the graduate advisor.
The program features a 30-unit curriculum that can be completed in as little as 3 semesters for full-time students. Core courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. The degree culminates with seminar courses in a specific field and general economics, where students undertake independent research projects. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and successfully defend their research as part of a comprehensive exam to graduate. Please see our sample course schedule for more details.
Printable flyer with requirements and sample schedule: Program Requirements and Curriculum
SAMPLE SCHEDULE FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS
- ECON 510: Advanced Microeconomics (3 units; complete with a grade of B or better)
- ECON 511: Advanced Macroeconomics (3 units; complete with a grade of B or better)
- ECON 585: Econometrics I (4 units; complete with a grade of C or better)
- ECON 586: Econometrics II (4 units; complete with a grade of C or better)
- ECON 587: Research Methods in Economics (3 units; complete with a grade of C or better)
- ECON 500-Level Elective (3 units; complete with a grade of C or better)
- In recent years, we have offered ECON 565: Economic Development (3 units)
- ECON 690: Seminar in Economics (3 units; complete with a grade of B or better)
- ECON 691: Economics Research Lab (1 unit; complete with a grade of B or better)
- ECON 600-Level Elective (3 units; complete with a grade of B or better)
- In recent years, we have offered ECON 666: Seminar in Transportation Economics (3 units)
- 400-Level Economics Elective (3 units; complete with a grade of C or better)
Last edited 6/21/2021 - Curriculum subject to change
For general questions about our program, please visit our department office in SPA-361A or contact us at 562-985-5061 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The department is closed for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. every day.