Master's Degree

Economics (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Arts degree in Economics (M.A.E.) incorporates the traditional social sciences-oriented master's program in economics with modern quantitative methods and applied analytical tools. The focus of the program is on application and practice of economic theory. The program is designed to serve the need for a terminal graduate degree for professional economists and also to lay the groundwork for students who wish to pursue the PhD degree.

There are three degree concentrations: general economics, financial economics and business data analysis and forecasting to choose from. The concentration of general economics is designed to prepare students for further graduate studies in economics, while the concentrations of financial economics and business data analysis and forecasting are designed to prepare students for professional careers in private industry.

No thesis is required for the degree. Only students in the concentration of general economics may choose a thesis option and this option requires previous outstanding research and coursework. The program and admissions are supervised by the Economics Graduate Program Committee, which includes the Economics Graduate Director. General requirements for completion of the program consist of required courses, electives and a comprehensive examination.

Why pursue an ­­­­­M.A. in Economics at UTSA?

High Value of an Economics Degree:

• Job candidates with a master’s degree in economics earned an average annual wage of $91,860 in 2012. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

• Economics is ranked the 10th best master’s degree for jobs. (Source: Forbes)

A Flexible Curriculum that is Highly Marketable:

The program is designed to meet the needs of students who want to pursue positions in industry (both the private and public sectors), as well as those who choose to pursue the PhD degree. There are three concentrations that were designed based on the input of professionals in various industries: General Economics, Financial Economics and Business Data Analysis & Forecasting. The General Economics concentration allows students to take 21 credits of electives from a large inventory of courses. Students in the Financial Economics and Business Data Analysis & Forecasting concentrations can choose 6 credits of electives.

Small Class Experience:

Graduate classes in the program are normally limited to 20-25 students per class. Students will experience a diverse classroom atmosphere with meaningful peer discussions, as well as personal attention from faculty.


UTSA is located in San Antonio, TX, the 7th largest city in the United States with a diverse and growing business community. Several large corporations call San Antonio home, including financial services and insurance, health care services, oil and petroleum products, and communications businesses. With 16 companies headquartered in San Antonio, UTSA students have a variety of opportunities for internships and job placement upon graduation.

AACSB Accredited:

The Economics department is housed in the UTSA College of Business, which is accredited by AACSB

International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, placing the college in the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide.


Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission requirements and prerequisites:

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Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: GRE or GMAT required

Resume: Optional, but recommended.

Letters of Recommendation: Required (the minimum of 1 recommendation letter is required).

Statement of Purpose: Optional, but recommended.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete 33 semester credit hours and a comprehensive examination.
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.


Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: May 1
  • Fall: July 1

International Applicants:

  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: April 1

Contact Information

Degree Catalog Link:

Degree Website:

UTSA Master's Programs in Economics Brochure (available at

Graduate Advisor of Record: Dr. Don Lien
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-4315 (210) 458-4315

Contact the Graduate School:  Contact Dr. Melody Lo (, Chair for Economics Department, or Dr. Don Lien (, Program Director, directly for more information.

Career Options Available

The program is helpful to those who seek careers in the public sector such as local, state, and federal economic and financial agencies as well as those who seek opportunities in the private sector such as investment, banking, insurance, business management, forecasting and marketing firms, manufacturing and engineering, energy, retailing and trade companies.  The program is also helpful to those who aspire to pursue further studies such as a Ph.D. in Economics.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

Courses are offered at UTSA’s Main Campus

Research taking place in the Economics program

The general topics of study include econometrics and forecasting, microeconomic analysis, international economics and finance, industrial organization, government and regulation, resources and environmental management.