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2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, M.A.

For detailed information about the program, please visit www.csulb.edu/economics and select “Graduate Program” or contact the graduate advisor.


  1. A bachelor’s degree with a major in economics; or
  2. A bachelor’s degree with 18 units of core economicscourses which include calculus, statistics, principles of microeconomics, principles of macroeconomics, intermediate microeconomics, and intermediate macroeconomics.
  3. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (“B”) in core economics courses.
  4. Graduate students must consult with the graduate advisor for information concerning department procedures and for approval of their course of study upon admission.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement usually occurs upon successful completion of the first 6 units. Students must also successfully complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to advance to candidacy.


Complete 30 units of upper-division and graduate courses.

All students must demonstrate competency in economic theory (microeconomics and macroeconomics) and applied economics (econometrics and research methods). Students must also take one general economics seminar and develop one field of concentration in economics.

Complete the following economic theory courses with a grade of “B” or better:

Complete the following applied economics courses with a grade of “C” or better:

Complete the following field and seminar courses with a grade of “B” or better in the 600-level courses:

Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Pass a comprehensive exam.

The comprehensive exam requires students to submit a research paper from a 600-level seminar and orally defend this research to a committee of three faculty members. This exam will assess the student’s proficiency in economic theory, ability to apply economic theory, and proficiency in economic research. The faculty committee will determine if the student has successfully passed the exam based on the quality of the research paper and oral defense according to guidelines established by the department. Note: In order to satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination dependent upon the program), students must earn at least three (3) units and no more than six (6) units related to the completion of the culminating activity.