Students enrolling in the graduate programs in Economics (MS or MA) focus their studies on advanced microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and econometrics, with research strengths in applied economics and quantitative methods.

Graduates from both programs acquire strong analytical, quantitative, and communication skills, which prepare them for Ph.D. programs in Economics and related fields and employment with government agencies, consulting firms, businesses, and non-profit organizations. The main difference between the two programs is the M.S. provides advanced technical and quantitative training, while the M.A. provides the opportunity for exploring more electives. Both degrees offer thesis and non-thesis options and prepare students for positions requiring advanced analytical skills, knowledge of economic systems and methods, and practical experience conducting economic analyses of policy issues.

Dual Degree in Global Policy and Economics

The School of Economics offers a dual degree program with the School of Policy and International Affairs in Global Policy and Economics, which is intended for students interested in the application of economics and policy in an international setting. The course of study is normally three years. It leads to two master’s degrees: one in Global Policy (with a concentration in either International Trade and Commerce or International Environmental Policy) and one in Economics.

Admission Requirements

Please review the School of Economics website and Admissions Requirement page prior to applying.

Degrees offered: MA, MS

Program Format: On Campus

Application deadline: January 1 preferred date for assistantship consideration, rolling if space is available (Fall)

Test Required: None

Contact: Keith Evans

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Program Website: Economics

Accelerated Program Information for UMaine Undergraduates

Major Pathways: Economics Majors, Financial Economics Majors

Accelerated Program Deadline:

End of sophomore year or beginning of junior year