Financial Economics

The Master of Arts (MA) in Financial Economics program integrates core economics courses within the School of Economics with additional offerings from the Maine Business School. This is a great program for students seeking a solid foundation in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and financial management and looking to develop a strong understanding of the role of financial markets and institutions within the economy. Graduates excel in employment in the financial services sector in positions requiring advanced analytical skills and in-depth familiarity with the structure and functioning of financial markets and institutions.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the School of Economics graduate programs is competitive. An undergraduate degree in economics or a related field is desirable but is not essential for admission to this program. The School of Economics is much more concerned with the applicant’s capacity for graduate study, quantitative reasoning, and the quality of previous work. The successful applicant has a strong academic record and outstanding recommendations. Graduate degrees in the School of Economics require some training in economics and quantitative methods; students are required to complete the following prerequisites before entering the graduate program.

  • Required
    • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (ECO 350)
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECO 321)
    • Statistics (STS 215 or 232)
    • Calculus I (MAT 126)
    • Accounting (ACC 400)
    • Business Finance (FIN 350)
  • Strongly Recommended
    • Calculus II (MAT 127)
    • Calculus III (MAT 228)
    • Linear Algebra (MAT 262)
    • Mathematical Economics (ECO 480)
    • Econometrics (ECO 485)
    • Computer programming experience (e.g. R, Matlab, Python)

Degrees offered: MA

Program Format: On Campus

Application deadline: January 15 preferred date for assistantship consideration, rolling if space is available (Fall) / November 15 (Spring)

Test Required: None

Contact: Sharon Klein

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Program Website: Financial 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