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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 graduate course credits is required for the EEFE M.S. degree. Of these, a minimum of 24 course credits and 6 research credits are required.

EEFE M.S. degree requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

A minimum of 30 graduate course credits at the 500 and 600 level are required for the EEFE M.S. degree, including 6 credits of research (EEFE 600 or 610). Courses taken to remove deficiencies in preparation may extend the minimum number of credits required. A minor is not required. EEFE M.S. students are required to write a thesis and to pass a final oral examination as part of the requirements for the degree. The thesis must be accepted by the advisers and/or committee members, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School.

Core Course Requirements

15 credits consisting of microeconomic theory (3 credits), applied welfare economics (3 credits), econometrics (6 credits), and quantitative methods (3 credits).  The required courses for the core curriculum are:

  • AEREC 510 Econometrics I (3 credits)
  • AEREC 511 Econometrics II (3 credits)
  • AEREC 512 Applied Microeconomic Theory I (3 credits)
  • AEREC 527 Quantitative Methods I or EME 500 Energy and Mineral Project Investment Evaluation (3 credits)
  • AEREC/EME 529 Applied Welfare Economics (3 credits)

Additional M.S. Course Work Requirements

9 credits of field electives taught at the 500 level.  These courses will be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic adviser and cannot include readings or independent study courses (596s).

Thesis Research:  6 credits of thesis research (EEFE 600 or 610).

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:

YearFall SemesterSpring SemesterSummer Semester
First Year AEREC 512
AEREC 527
Econometrics Course
AEREC 527 or EME 500
Elective Course
Field Course
Begin Thesis Research
Second Year Elective Course
Field Course
Thesis Research
EEFE 600 or 610
Thesis work
Finish Thesis
Final oral exam