1. General Policies of Admission, Transfer, and Financial Aid
1.1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
1.1.1. Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA)
On a 4-point scale the applicant should have for regular admission a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum of 3.5 in economics and mathematics courses. A student who does not meet these GPA criteria may be admitted on probation. Students admitted on probationary status will be advised to take specific courses during their first semester of enrollment. If a B average is achieved in these specific courses, the student will be granted regular status during the second semester of enrollment. If a student fails to achieve a B average, he/she may be allowed to continue on probation contingent on the recommendation of the M.A. program committee. Probationary students who fail to to improve their overall GPA will be dismissed from the graduate program.
1.1.2. Background Knowledge in Economics and Mathematics
The minimum background in mathematics courses is two semesters of calculus and a calculus-based statistics course. Background courses in mathematics should be comparable to Math 121, Math 122, and Math 526 offered at the University of Kansas. The minimum background in economics is one semester each of microeconomics and macroeconomics beyond the introductory level. Background courses in economics should be comparable to Econ 520 and Econ 522 offered at the University of Kansas. Descriptions of these background courses in economics and mathematics can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Applicants who lack the minimum background in economics and/or mathematics may be admitted provisionally. Provisional students will be required to remedy any deficiencies during their first year of enrollment.
1.1.3. English Proficiency and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
An applicant who has graduated with a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S., U.K., Australia or Canada (excepting Quebec) automatically meets the English language proficiency requirement. All other applicants are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency by passing the TOEFL with a minimum test part scores as follows: reading, listening and writing 20: IELTS minimum band scores of 5.5 in reading, writing and listening. Applicants who do not achieve these results cannot be admitted to the graduate program in economics.
1.2. TRANSFER FROM THE M.A. PROGRAM TO THE PH.D. PROGRAM
An M.A. student who wishes to transfer to the Ph.D. program will follow the normal application procedure; completing anapplicatin, paying the applicaiton fee, and submitting updated University of Kansas transcripts. In evaluating such applications, the admissions committee will consider the course work, faculty evaluations, and level of performance on the M.A. comprehensive examination (if it has been taken) and GRE scores.
1.3. FINANCIAL AID
Unfortunately, the Department does not have financial aid support for M.A. students.
2. M.A. Requirements
There are two options to fulfill the M.A. requirements: Non-Thesis Option and Thesis Option
2.1. NON-THESIS OPTION
2.1.1. Course Work
The candidate must successfully complete 30 semester hours of approved graduate course work, subject to the following restrictions:
(i) At least 18 hours must be in economics
(ii) Econ 700 (Survey of Microeconomics), Econ 701 (Survey of Macroeconomics) and Econ 715 (Elementary Econometrics) are core courses and required of all candidates.
(iii) No more than 9 hours in economics may be numbered at the 500 and 600 level (undergraduate), and these may not include prerequisite courses in intermediate-level microeconomics (Econ 520), macroeconomics (Econ 522 ) and econometrics (Econ 526).
(iv) No more than 12 hours may be taken in other schools and departments at the University of Kansas. Specific courses in mathematics at the 500 and 600 level may be taken for graduate credit as well as courses at the 700 level or higher in disciplines related to economics (business administration, political science, sociology, etc.). The M.A. Advisor must approve all such courses! Courses taken outside of economics without the approval of the M.A. Advisor may be disallowed as credit towards the M.A. degree. Note that course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog 2005-2007 under the school or department in which the courses are offered.
(v) Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher. Falling below a 3.0 GPA will result in the Graduate School placing the student on academic probation.
2.1.2. M.A. Comprehensive Examination
During the semester in which candidates for the M.A. degree are completing their course work, they must take a written comprehensive examination. The exam is given during the middle of every semester and the second week of the summer session. Students who do not pass the exam must retake the exam when it is next offered. Students who do not pass on their second attempt or who do not retake the exam when it is next offered will be dismissed from the M.A. program without their degree.
In order to take the M.A. comprehensive examination, (i) the student must finish the core courses by that time and (ii) the student should be completing the required 30 hours during the current semester.
2.2. THESIS OPTION
2.2.1. Course Work
The candidate must successfully complete a program of 30 semester hours of formal course work in economics. The 24 hours are subject to the same restrictions as in 2.1.1. It is understood that the candidate’s GPA must be at least 3.0 for the 30 hours including the 6 hours of Master’s thesis. (See 2.2.2)
2.2.2. Master’s Thesis
In addition to the regular course work described in 2.2.1 above, the student must enroll in a minimum of 6 semester hours of thesis under the supervision of a thesis adviser. These 6 hours of work are to be devoted to the completion of a satisfactory Master’s thesis. An oral examination (i.e., thesis defense) will be held upon the completion of the thesis. The examining committee will consist of the thesis supervisor, the M.A. Advisor, and a third faculty member. (In the event that the thesis supervisor and the M.A. Advisor is the same individual, a second and third faculty member will join the committee).
2.2.3. M.A. Comprehensive Exam
3. MA/JD Joint Degree Program
Under this program a student can obtain both the Juris Doctor and the Masters of Arts in economics in three years and one summer session. The requirements for the joint degree are as follows:
Applicants must apply to The School of Law, and the Graduate School in the Department of Economics. Graduate School and Department of Economics must approve admission to the combined degree program. See 1.1 above for the admission requirements of the Department of Economics.
3.2. COURSE WORK
The program requires 100 credit hours of course work, of which 82 hours must be completed in the Law School and 18 hours in the Department of Economics. The Department of Economics gives credit toward the M.A. degree for 12 hours of pertinent work in the Law School in accordance with 2.1.1 (iv) above. Restrictions (i), (ii), (iii) and (v) in 2.1.1 continue to apply. Typically, the MA/JD student takes only law classes during the first year and spreads out the 18 hours of credit in economics in the following semesters.
3.3. M.A. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
The candidate must pass the M.A. comprehensive examination in economics. See 2.1.2 for details.
4. General Regulations
The student should be aware of the general regulations of the graduate school as described in the Graduate School Catalog http://www2.ku.edu/~distinction/cgi-bin/overview116 . This section of the Catalog describes, among other things, course withdrawal and addition, credit by transfer, grading, probation, and grievances.
4.1. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Due to INS regulations, it is very important that international students maintain full time enrollment. Consider very carefully before you drop a class since this action could jeopardize your visa status.
International students should avoid Incompletes. Due to INS regulations, an Incomplete (I grade) on an international student’s record could be used to retroactively determine that an international graduate student is not a full time student and cause the student to lose his/her visa status.
5. Student Files
The department maintains a file on each graduate student. The main contents are application materials and correspondence about academic matters. Although some of the contents are necessarily confidential, if the student wishes to be informed about certain items in the file, the M.A. Advisor will go over them with the student discreetly.
6.1. MAIL BOX
Each student is given a mailbox. Check it regularly for departmental announcements. All personal mail should be sent to your home address (i.e. bank statements, letters, bills, etc.).
6.2. DEPARTMENT JOURNAL LIBRARY
The Department subscribes to the journals published by the American Economic Association and maintains copies in 353 Snow Hall.
Several personal computers are available for student use in Room 145 Snow Hall There is installed software for use in completion of course assignments.. Students are responsible for all activity that takes place under their user id. Printouts are charged to your KUID card. You must have funds on your card to be able to print. The current price is 8 cents a page. The University of Kansas provides you with $8 a semester for free printing.
6.4. COPYING MACHINE
There is a copying machine in the department that is available to students. Copies are currently 3 cents per page.
6.5. M.A. ACCOUNTS
All graduate students are currently given a $10 credit for the academic year to cover copies on the Departmental copier. This money becomes available starting August 1. A student is responsible for all charges in excess of the $10.
7. Miscellaneous Information
7.1. SUMMER SESSION
Some courses are offered in the summer session but the offering is usually limited. Course offerings depend upon the faculty available to teach them. Typically, only one lecture course is offered; but as in regular semesters, the student may arrange a reading course or a special research course (Econ. 950) with the consent of the faculty member in charge.
7.2. DEPARTMENTAL SEMINARS
The department sponsors seminar workshops at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in which faculty members and graduate students present their works (completed or in progress). The department frequently invites guest speakers from other institutions to give seminars as well. These talks are usually given at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all seminars.