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2024-2025 University Catalog 
2024-2025 University Catalog

Economics, M.S.: 36 units

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Offered by: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Economics Department

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Master of Science in Economics

In the Department of Economics, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


Craig Kerr, Graduate Coordinator

The goals of the Master of Science program in Economics are the preparation of: (1) economists qualified for immediate employment by private business and government, (2) economists for research positions in fields such as public administration, finance, insurance and marketing, (3) the preparation of teachers of economics at the secondary school and community college level, (4) students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in economics.

Admission to the Program

An applicant for admission to this program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and satisfy university and departmental requirements for admission to graduate study. The department offers preparation courses for Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics to prepare students for the rigor of the program (e.g., for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than economics). These courses are prerequisites for the related major required courses. Preparation courses can be waived by the graduate coordinator if a student shows prior to admission that s/he is already well prepared in these fields. In undergraduate work, the applicant must have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better in economics courses and a grade point average of 2.7 overall. Admission to the graduate program in economics requires that the applicant be accepted by the Department of Economics.

Graduate Conditionally Classified

A person may be admitted to a graduate degree or credential program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, he/she can remedy deficiencies by additional coursework but otherwise satisfies all other university requirements for admission. All prerequisites must be specified by the admitting department at the time of student admission. Academic departments are responsible for tracking conditionally admitted students and must report their academic progress to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Graduate Studies Office via a memo on a term basis. Students admitted conditionally will not be allowed to concurrently register for graduate courses that are required for the completion of their projected graduate or professional program. To comply with both existing federal regulations and CSU system policy, conditionally admitted students’ financial aid is limited to private loans. Once all deficiencies are resolved and unconditional status is granted by Cal Poly Pomona, students may be eligible for federal and state aid. Conditional admission does not guarantee unconditional admission to a program.


For the most recent list of requirements and department policies, please visit our graduate website.

Each student must take 12 units of major required courses, 6 units of graduate 6600-level elective courses, and the 2 culminating experience courses.

A minimum of 36 units is required for the Master of Science degree in Economics. Courses for the balance of the 36 units are selected by the individual student in the area of interest or specialization with the advice and consent of the graduate coordinator. The lists of elective courses are provided below.

A maximum of two major required courses may have a grade of B- on the graduate contract.

A grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better must be maintained in all upper-division undergraduate and all graduate work. The minimum acceptable grade for each major required course is a B- (2.7). No course credit will be allowed if a student earns a C- or below in a class.

The candidate must be enrolled in the university during the quarter of graduation.

Major Electives: 18-21 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total degree units is 36. A minimum of two courses numbered 6630 to 6660 must be completed. A total of 12 units of 4000-level that are above 4403 or 5001-5003 economics courses may be taken as electives with the approval of the graduate coordinator. 4000-level courses are not acceptable when the course number is 4403 or lower, equivalent graduate courses are offered, or if a student has taken the class as an undergraduate.


  1. Exceptional students may take EC 6960  with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
  2. Students taking three courses per term may finish in four semesters.
  3. 6600-level courses offered on a rotating basis.
  4. Students must sign a graduate contract to graduate.

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