M.A. in Economics

Hunter’s expanding master’s degree program in economics equips students with analytic tools that can be directly applied to business and public policy. Because the program integrates economic theory, quantitative methods, and practical applications, Hunter M.A.s regularly move into interesting, well-paid positions in business, government, and international organizations. They are also prepared to enter Ph.D programs at top-ranking universities.

Under the direction of professors who combine distinguished academic credentials with wide experience in economic research and applications, students studying for an M.A. at Hunter may participate in such major on-going projects as: the changing nature of financial and securities markets; comparative budget policies; earnings of immigrants and minority groups; energy and environmental policy; health; the political economy of oil; taxation and the regional economy; and social security and public welfare.

Requirements for Admission

An applicant for admission to Hunter College as a regular, matriculated student in any of the master’s programs must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College. A student must have an undergraduate average of B in the economics courses and an average of B minus in the undergraduate record as a whole. The general aptitude GRE is required of all applicants.

Applicants are expected to have a firm command of the English language before they apply. Foreign students are required to have taken the TOEFL at least 9 months prior to their intended date of enrollment. Such applicants are also advised to take the TWE and the TSE.

In addition to the general requirements for graduate admission to Hunter, the following departmental requirements must be met: 18 credits of undergraduate courses in economics, including ECO 221 Economic Statistics, ECO 300 Intermediate Microeconomics, ECO 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics, ECO 321 Econometrics, or their equivalents; MATH 150, MATH 155, MATH 160 or their equivalents; and 2 letters of recommendation from college teachers, including one from a member of an economics department.

Requirements for the Degree

Thirty credits are required to earn the degree. This can be achieved in two ways:

  1. Completion of 27 credits of course work and 3 credits of thesis research. Students must submit a satisfactory Master’s Thesis written under the supervision of a member of the economics faculty or /li>
  2. Completion of 30 credits of course work. Students must prepare a supervised research paper in 2 of their courses, exclusive of ECO 701 Microeconomic Theory, ECO 703 Macroeconomic Theory, ECO 721 Economic Statistics, and ECO 722 Econometrics, and earn at least a B plus on each paper.
Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available. Students should consult the financial aid office and the department concerning work opportunities and aid.


Students are encouraged to apply by consulting with the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Partha Deb.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D program in economics is based at the City University Graduate Center. Students may transfer up to 12 credits of courses taken at the graduate center to the M.A. program at Hunter. See Bulletin of the Graduate School for a description of the Ph.D program and the complete list of courses.