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Economics: MS, MA

Economics

This master’s program is designed to be equivalent to the first year of a rigorous PhD program in economics at a top-30 university, and, therefore, prepares students for entry into a top-level economics or finance doctoral program. Many graduates have gone on to programs at institutions including Harvard Law School, George Mason University, and University of Oregon. In the master’s program at USU, students are encouraged to present papers at conferences, preparing them for the professional world of academia. The department also holds weekly faculty seminars where graduate students are encouraged to participate.

The oldest business school west of the Mississippi, USU’s Huntsman School of Business has been offering degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.

The MA degree requires students to gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages. The MS degree is identical except that it does not require foreign language study.


This program is primarily designed to prepare students for doctoral programs.

Admissions Requirements

Students from various majors are welcome to apply; however, it is preferred that students have experience in undergraduate economics courses.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following deadline:

  • Fall semester – June 30
  • In order to increase chances for financial assistance, students should apply by mid March.

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the MS or MA by pursuing one of three options:

  • In the Plan A option, students complete graduate-level coursework and must write a thesis.
  • The Plan B option requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.

Students are encouraged to pursue the Plan B option.


Financial Assistance

Most graduate students in this program receive placement as a research assistant, which includes a one-year $9,000 stipend and subsidized health insurance.

A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support.


Basudeb Biswas, PhD, University of Chicago
Professor
Area: International trade and economic development
Office: BUS 614
Phone: (435) 797-2304
Email: basudeb.biswas@usu.edu


Ben Blau, PhD, University of Mississippi
Assistant Professor
Area: Short-scale constraints, market efficiency informed trading
Office: BUS 603
Phone: (435) 797-2340
Email: ben.blau@usu.edu


Tyler Bowles, PhD, University of North Carolina
Department Head, Professor
Area: Econometrics, international economics
Office: BUS 615
Phone: (435) 797-2378
Email: tyler.bowles@usu.edu


Frank Caliendo, PhD, Utah State University
Associate Professor
Area: Macroeconomic dynamics with a focus on public and private pension design, behavioral economics and finance, saving for retirement, household finance, mathematics
Office: BUS 602
Phone: (435) 797-2963
Email: frank.caliendo@usu.edu


Drew Dahl, PhD, University of Tennessee
Howard Dance Professorship
Area: Financial institutions, international finance
Office: BUS 804
Phone: (435) 797-1911
Email: drew.dahl@usu.edu


Christopher Fawson, PhD, Texas A&M University
Senior Associate Dean
Area: Senior Associate Dean
Office: BUS 309
Phone: (435) 797-2320
Email: chris.fawson@usu.edu


James Feigenbaum, PhD, University of Iowa
Assistant Professor
Area: Lifecycle consumption and saving, macroeconomics, finance, econophysics
Office: BUS 620
Phone: (435) 797-2316
Email: j.feigen@aggiemail.usu.edu


T. Scott Findley, PhD, Colorado State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Pension design within the context of life-cycle consumption, saving theory
Office: BUS 612
Phone: (435) 797-2371
Email: tscott.findley@usu.edu


John Gilbert, PhD, University of Auckland
Vernon Maughan Buehler and MaRee C. Buehler Professor
Area: International trade theory and policy, applied general equilibrium modeling, development economics
Office: BUS 604
Phone: (435) 797-2314
Email: jgilbert@usu.edu


Terry Glover, PhD, Purdue University
Professor
Area: Production economics and policy
Office: BUS 607
Phone: (435) 797-2297
Email: terry.glover@usu.edu


Dwight Israelsen, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director of International Academic Initiatives
Area: Comparative systems, economic history
Office: BUS 608
Phone: (435) 797-2298
Email: dwight.israelsen@usu.edu


Austin Kwag, PhD, University of Tennassee - Knoxville
Associate Professor
Area: Investments, corporate finance
Office: BUS 605
Phone: (435) 797-2361
Email: austin.kwag@usu.edu


Robert Malko, PhD, Purdue University
Professor
Area: Corporate and energy utility finance
Office: BUS 606
Phone: (435) 797-2363
Email: jrmalko@comcast.net


Craig Petersen, PhD, Stanford University
Professor
Area: Regulation and antitrust and managerial economics
Office: MAIN 302
Phone: (435) 797-0004
Email: craig.petersen@usu.edu


Shannon Peterson, PhD, The Ohio State University
Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: History of economics, political science, international relations and trade
Office: BUS 309
Phone: (435) 797-3966
Email: shannon.peterson@usu.edu


Randy Simmons, PhD, University of Oregon
Professor
Area: Environmental politics and policy, public choice
Office: BUS 618
Phone: (435) 797-1310
Email: randy.simmons@usu.edu


Alan Stephens, PhD, University of Utah
Associate Professor
Area: Corporate finance, systems thinking, investments
Office: BUS 806
Phone: (435) 797-2367
Email: alan.stephens@usu.edu


Diana Thomas, PhD, George Mason University
Assistant Professor
Area: Public choice, development economics
Office: BUS 616
Phone: (435) 797-2013
Email: diana.thomas@usu.edu


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Entrepreneurship Club: The Entrepreneurship Club teaches skill sets for entrepreneurs to be successful. The club provides access to resources, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas, and assists in helping students build and launch a sustainable, successful company.

Finance and Economics Club: The Finance and Economics Club helps students accelerate their career by exposing them to exceptional speakers, providing experiences for hands-on learning, and developing lasting relationships with alumni to increase networking opportunities.

Women in Business Association (WIBA): As a new organization on theUtah State University Campus, Women in Business Association represent women making a difference in business. This club is focused toward making essential networking contacts, recruiting and mentoring future women in business, and learning vital skills forthe business world.


Huntsman Opportunities

Career Exploration Trips: Not sure what your dream job is? No worries; our career trips will get you out in the field so you can talk with our professional partners and explore different industries.

Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED): This is as real as it gets! SEED is an international consulting internship where students teach basic business and finance principles to local entrepreneurs in the Philippines and Peru.


Advising

Rick Hornsby
Lecturer, and Graduate Program Director
Office: EBB 607
Phone: (435) 797-5786
Email: rick.hornsby@usu.edu



Department:
- Economics and Finance Department

College:
- Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

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