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About the M.S. Program

The Program

The Master of Science in Economics program with a concentration in Financial Econometrics or Financial Economics in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University aims to provide rigorous training in economics, econometrics, analytical and quantitative skills for students in order to prepare them for immediate careers in business or government, or further study in top economics and finance Ph.D. programs. This terminal, professional Master’s degree program was rebuilt in 2011 after a two-years extensive design and review process, created in response to the increasingly high demand from students seeking a professional master’s degree in economics and employers looking for candidates with advanced training. Students are able to complete the program in 18 or 24 months. The Economics Department had previously operated a terminal Master’s degree program since 1931.

Most students are in the non-thesis option and complete 36 credit hours to receive their degree. Thesis option students must complete a total of 32 semester hours of graduate course credits, a thesis under the guidance of an Advisory Committee, and pass an oral/final exam in the final semester of their studies.

The course structure for the program includes a set of core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and business finance, and required courses in behavioral, international, advanced econometrics, and institutions, and a capstone course that provides students with experience in carrying out an applied research project. Students are encouraged to participate in an internship in the summer of their first year.

Program Rankings

  • MS ECON ranked #12 in the Nation by TFE Times for 2021 Best Master’s of Economics Programs
  • MS ECON ranked #15 in the US by College Choice in 2018
  • MS ECON ranked #17 in 2019 – 2021 in the U.S.A. by Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings, #18 in 2018, and #20 in 2015 – 2017

Program Features

  • World-class and highly ranked econometrics and applied microeconomics faculty
  • STEM  discipline (Econometrics and Quantitative Economics with Code 45.0603)
  • 2 concentrations: Financial Econometrics and Financial Economics
  • 2 options: Thesis and Non-thesis
  • 32 credit hours (a thesis and a final exam); 36 credit hours (no thesis, no final exam, but includes a Capstone course)
  • 18 months or 24 months in length
  • Rigorous economics, econometrics, quantitative skills, and SAS training
  • Career support from the Department, the College, and the University
  • The world’s most powerful alumni network
  • Affordable education with the highest return on investment (ROI)
  • Successful placement on both industry side and academic side
  • Merit-based scholarships available for both 1st and 2nd year M.S. students with outstanding academic records

Our Community

The Economics Department

Texas A&M’s Department of Economics enjoys a national and international reputation for the quality of its academic programs and faculty. Our young and active faculty are major players in the national and international research communities in the economics profession. The Department of Economics at Texas A&M University is home to around 1,100 undergraduates, 180 master students, and 60 doctoral students.

Texas A&M University

Opened in 1876 as Texas’ first public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M University is a research-intensive flagship university with more than 70,000 students-including over 14,000 graduate & professional students – studying in 133 undergraduate programs, and 272 graduate and professional degree programs in 16 colleges and schools. As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M University has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, consistently ranking among the world’s top universities. Learn more about Texas A&M University.