Master's Degree

Economics (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Arts degree in Economics (M.A.E.) blends the traditional social sciences-oriented Master's program in economics with modern applied and analytical tools. It is designed to prepare students for careers in a wide range of professional fields or further graduate study in economics. Students may choose a thesis or nonthesis option. The program and admissions are supervised by the Economics Graduate Program Committee, which includes the Economics Graduate Advisor. 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?

The dynamics of economic and social changes in the last decade have brought new realities to such fundamental fields as economics. The resurgence of international and domestic political economy and an increased reliance on market forces in various facets of social and economic life have underlined the crucial role of economics in many decision-making processes. A wide range of employers in both public and private enterprises now recognize the significance of the ability to understand and apply fundamental economic trends and interrelations for challenging positions that require analysis and planning beyond routine procedures. The MA program in Economics at UTSA is an applied interdisciplinary program designed to provide students of diverse undergraduate training with a foundation to carry out advanced economic analysis with modern analytical and computational tools. 

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission requirements and prerequisites: Please contact the department for more information.

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: Optional, but recommended.

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:

College of Business Master's Programs Brochure

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

Contact the Graduate School: Contact now 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.