Economics MA

Discover new opportunities for advancing your knowledge and earning potential in economics through our graduate program.

What You'll Study

The Economics graduate program lets you delve deeper into economic theories and quantitative methods for interpreting and analyzing data. You'll become a stronger critical thinker and learn to use data analysis to research public policy issues and business decisions.

Coursework in the master’s program provides you with a solid grounding in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and will introduce you to both public policy issues and the analysis of financial markets. You'll expand your skills in data analysis through a class in econometrics and by undertaking your own research project in the program’s research seminar. You also have the option of expanding your research seminar project into a master’s thesis. Students are encouraged to pursue internships in the financial sector, economic development, and the public sector.

While the program is primarily designed for students who seek employment after completing the MA degree, a number of alumni have also used the program to prepare for doctoral programs. 


All graduate students take courses that range from studies in quantitative methods to public finance and econometrics, as well as a set of electives.

Graduate Certificate

  • Economics Graduate Certificate

    The Economics graduate certificate includes six master's-level courses and is intended for high school teachers who want to participate in the College Credit Plus program and teach principles of economics to their students.

    YSU's College Credit Plus program is a dual enrollment program that works to increase access to college learning for high school students. In collaboration with area high schools, the program delivers YSU courses to qualified high school students, offering these learning opportunities on campus, online and at partner high schools.

    As a College Credit Plus teacher, you'll be able to introduce your students to college-level economics courses and increase their readiness for higher education.

    You'll take graduate-level courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, financial markets and public finance. Prospective students must have taken a calculus course before being admitted into the certificate program.

    Overview & Requirements

Internships and Jobs


  •  Bureau of Labor Statistics
  •  Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  •  Gabriel Performance Products