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Master of Arts in Economics

About the program

The Master of Arts in Economics program provides excellent preparation for a career in economic research in government or the private sector, and for doctoral study. Some graduates of the M.A. program are currently employed in the banking and manufacturing industries as bankers, managers, and research analysts, and many others have gone on to receive Ph.D.s in economics from major universities. One distinct advantage of the MA in Economics program at Kent is its focus on the development of strong analytical and quantitative skills. Our students are well trained in the application of economic theory and methods of statistical analysis.


Two different tracks are offered in the program

  1. Economic Analysis - the general track intended for students who wish to pursue careers with government agencies, in the private sector, and/or pursue a doctoral degree in economics.
  2. Financial Economics - primarily designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the financial services industry, including commercial banking, investment banking, insurance, real estate, and financial advising.

Both the Financial Economics and Economic Analysis tracks are built upon a set of core courses in Economic Theory and Econometrics. The student then takes elective courses in areas such as public sector economics, labor economics, international economics, economic development, monetary economics, industrial organization, or several courses in the Finance Department, depending on the track chosen.

Program Requirements

The M.A. program requires the completion of 30 semester hours of coursework, or a minimum of 24 hours of coursework and a thesis or internship.

Students entering the program will be expected to have completed undergraduate courses in intermediate micro and macroeconomic theory, differential calculus, and statistics. Any deficiencies must be made up at the start of the program. These background courses do not count toward the 30 hours required for the degree.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted online here.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the program, please contact 

Dr. Richard Kent
Department of Economics Chair
Telephone: (330) 672-1084
Office: Room 480 Business Administration Building
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

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