Master's of Art in Economics

The M.A. program in economics prepares students for careers in public policy, business or government or to go on to pursue a Ph.D. in economics. The program provides a strong foundation in fundamental topics such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics while allowing several areas of specialization such as public choice, Austrian economics, institutional economics, and monetary economics. Master’s students will benefit by learning from and working with the experienced scholars from the Johnson Center for Political Economy here at Troy University.

The program began in August 2015 and the first students graduated in May 2017.  Students can begin the program in either August or January. Options to complete the program in two, three, and four semesters are available, as well as conditional admission for students not meeting the coursework prerequisites. Our M.A. program is designed to accommodate students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in economics, regardless of undergraduate major. Thesis and non-thesis versions of the program are available.

Advantages of the Troy M.A. Program in Economics

The Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University is a research and educational center dedicated to understanding the crucial role that economic freedom and personal liberty play in driving economic prosperity and human well-being. Johnson Center faculty contribute to the frontiers of political economy through their distinctive research agendas, with the goal of transforming state and national policies. With eight faculty members who are both first-rate scholars and creative educators, the Johnson Center provides a dynamic and rigorous educational program for our M.A. students. 

A Distinctive Program and Dedicated Faculty

In addition to core theory classes, the Troy M.A. will offer field classes in Austrian economics, public choice, and constitutional economics taught by faculty within the Johnson Center, a free market educational and research center. This opportunity will allow students to work closely with faculty nationally recognized for their contributions in these fields. The Johnson Center’s hands-on approach will actively engage students in both current policy debates and cutting edge academic research. You can find out more about our faculty and their distinctive research programs here.

M.A. as a Gateway to Economics Careers

The Troy M.A. in Economics prepares students for many careers in economics, or to pursue a Ph.D. in economics. Individuals with master’s degrees in economics work in industry, government, and public policy. Private sector employers include banks, stock brokerage firms, economics consulting firms, and large firms with their own in-house economists. Public sector employers include numerous state and federal government agencies and the Federal Reserve. 

Last Updated: 10/5/2018