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Masters Program

Program Requirements – There are two (2) options to fulfill the MA requirements:

1.     Non-Thesis Option.

a.     Course Work – Candidates must successfully complete 30 credit hours of preapproved graduate course work, subjected to the following restrictions:

                                               i.     Core course  - required:
               Econ 700 – Survey of Microeconomics
               Econ 701 – Survey of Macroeconomics
               Econ 715 – Elementary Econometrics

b.     At least 18 credit hours must be taught in Economics

                                               i.     No more than 9 of these may be classes numbered in the 500 and 600s (undergraduate), these may not include the Econ 520, Econ 522 and Econ 526.

                                             ii.     Classes taught by department GTAs (PhD students) will not count towards the overall 30 credit hours.

c.     No more than 12 credit hours may be taken from other department or schools at the University of Kansas.  Specific 500 level and higher course in mathematics, business, political science, sociology, etc., that are taught with economic theories or economics components may be taken with prior approval from the MA advisor.

                                               i.     Course descriptions can be found in the Academic Catalog.

d.     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 a probationary status and will be advised to take specific courses during their first semester of enrollment.

·  If a B average (3.0 GPA) 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 (3.0 GPA), the student will allowed to voluntarily withdrawal from the program or the student will be dismissed.

·  In some situations the department may petition the College Office of Graduate Affairs on behalf of the student to request an extension to the probation, depending on the individual circumstances.

e.     MA Comprehensive Examination – During the semester in which the student is to complete their course work, they are required to take a written comprehensive examination.

                                               i.     In order to the take the MA comprehensive exam students must:

        · Already taken the core courses.

        · Be completing their required 30 credit hours.

                                             ii.     The exam is given in the middle of every semester

                                            iii.     Students are allowed to retake the exam once if they do not pass it the first time.  If the retake is not passed either students will be given the option to voluntarily withdrawal from the program or the department will be required to dismiss them.