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Course Requirements

A minimum of 31 graduate course credits is required for the AEREC M.S. degree. Of these, a minimum of 25 course credits and 6 research credits are required.

Recommended Academic Plan

The M.S. program is designed so that a student can complete the program in 2 years, assuming that the student enters the program without any course work deficiencies and completes program requirements in a timely manner. A possible schedule of courses and thesis work for a student beginning the program in the Fall semester is as follows:


Semester: Fall Spring Summer
First Year

AEREC 597E
AEREC 527
Econometrics Course
AEREC 590

AEREC 525
Elective Course
Field Course

Begin thesis work

Second Year

Elective Course
Field Course
Thesis work

AEREC 600
Thesis work

Finish thesis
Take final oral exam


Courses

A minimum of 31 graduate course credits is required for the AEREC M.S. degree. Of these, a minimum of 25 course credits and 6 research credits are required. At least 18 credits are required in the 500 and/or 600 series. Credits earned for thesis work will not be assigned a letter grade other than R (research). Courses taken to remove deficiencies in preparation may extend the minimum number of credits required. A minor is not required.

  • AEREC 597E - Applied Microeconomic Theory (3 credits)
  • AEREC 527 - Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
  • AEREC 590 - Colloquium (1 credit)
  • AEREC 510 and AEREC 511 - Econometrics I and Econometrics II (3 credits each for a total of 6 credits)
    Note: An M.S. student may petition for suitable substitutes for these courses.
  • AEREC 597A - Applied Welfare Analysis Economics (3 credits.)
  • 9 credits of electives at the 400 or 500 level, chosen in consultation with the student's academic adviser. Cannot include readings or independent study courses (e.g., AEREC 496 or 596).
  • AEREC 600 - Thesis research (6 credits).

All graduate students are required to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 for graduation (on a 4.00 scale). Additionally, all degree requirements must be completed within 8 years of the date of entry into the M.S. program.