A minimum of 36 credit-hours of course work are required. These 36 credits include: at least 15 credit-hours of required core Economics courses and 6 credit-hours of required Public Policy courses. The remaining 5 courses are electives, at least 2 (3 for students in the accelerated bachelors/masters program) of which must be Economics courses. The others may be chosen from a variety of disciplines tailored to suit the interests of the student. Possible electives include courses in economics, public policy, political science, sociology, math, computer science, engineering, or the life sciences.
5 or 6 courses (15 or 18 credit hours) (See the Graduate Catalog for full course descriptions.)
2 of the following courses (6 credit hours). In consultation with their faculty advisor, students must choose two of the following courses:
5 courses (15 credit hours).
Students are required to complete five elective courses- 15 credit hours. The elective packages of courses may include appropriate courses from Economics, Public Policy, or other programs at UMBC, as well as courses from UMB, College Park, or other University of Maryland System campuses. Six credit-hours must be in Economics courses (for UMBC undergraduates in the "accelerated pathway," 9 credit-hours must be in Economics courses).
Students will write and present a major paper in Econ 699, the capstone seminar. In this paper, students are required to analyze a policy issue from an economic perspective, and to use empirical analysis to shed light on important underlying economic relationships and, when possible, to suggest future directions for policy. In this paper students pull together the skills and insights they have gained in the M.A. program. In addition to the instructor in Econ 699, each student will have a faculty advisor for this paper. (If the Econ 699 instructor and the faculty advisor are the same, the student will need to have a second reader).
Writing the major paper will follow a two-step process in Econ 699. Students will first be required to write a proposal for their study in consultation with their faculty advisor. The proposal will summarize the policy issue the paper will address and the methods that will be used to analyze the issue. Students present their proposals to the Econ 699 class, revise them and then distribute them to the economics department faculty. In the second stage, students will write and present the paper itself to the Econ 699 class. To complete the B.A. degree, students must receive a “B” or better on this paper from both the faculty advisor and the instructor for Econ 699.
All students in the MA program must a have a “B” average in the four entry-level courses: Econ 601, Econ 602, Econ 611, Econ 612. In addition, a student can have no more than one “C” in these four courses. Students may retake any course in which they did not receive a "B" to try to attain the "B" average or to replace a "C" in one of the core courses.
M.A. students will be required to attend professional seminars on economics or policy issues, either at department-sponsored events or in other settings related to their policy interests. Students must attend at least four such seminars during the last two semester of their program, and evidence of this attendance will be part of their grade in Econ 699.
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
3rd floor Public Policy Building, Room 338
1000 Hilltop Circle • Baltimore Maryland 21250
phone: 410-455-2160 • email: Mrs. Kelly Hodges <firstname.lastname@example.org>