Roadmap to Your Master’s 

Typical Schedule of Course Offerings

  • Fall (3 courses): Microeconomic Theory I (6101), Econometrics (6400) + one Elective
  • Winter (4 courses): Microeconomic Theory II (6102), Advanced Applied Econometrics (6511) + two Electives
  • Spring (4 courses): Macroeconomic Theory (6105), Research Methods (6896) + two Electives
  • All courses start after 6 pm on week days.

 Comprehensive Exam

  • Given each year in coordination with the course schedule.


  • The microeconomics and econometrics courses must be taken in sequence (6101 before 6102, and 6400 before 6511). Research Methods (6896) must be taken after finishing the econometrics sequence.
  • Other courses are open to all enrolled students. Note that 6215 does not count toward the MA. All other 6000-level economics courses can be taken for MA credit. 

To Finish as Soon as Possible

  • Entry in fall (9-month program): take all courses that are offered as well as the comp at the earliest opportunity. Take the University Writing Test at any time. Graduate in spring. (9 months)
  • Entry in winter (15-month program) or spring (12-month program): initially take electives, and Macroeconomics in spring. Complete the core microeconomics and econometrics sequences in the following fall and winter, and Research Methods in the following spring. After passing the comp and University Writing Test, graduate in spring.

Slower Paths

  • You can take the program more slowly (maximum five years). We generally recommend that you take the core courses as soon as you can.
  • To maintain status, those on student visas must be classified as full-time students. Normally, this means taking a minimum of two courses per quarter. Exceptions are only possible when not enough courses are offered in a quarter that you have not yet taken and that would count toward your degree.