Master of Arts in Economics

Become an adept economics practitioner, able to understand complex economic concepts and then apply them in real world settings with the Master of Arts in Economics in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. This 30-credit graduate degree prepares students to understand contemporary economic theory and its application to problems arising in business, government and industry. The Economics MA program provides students an opportunity to specialize in a specific area of economics or follow a general course of study.

Economics is a way of thinking that provides insights into all facets of our personal and professional lives, improving our understanding of the world and our own decision-making. This is invaluable in making sound decisions in any type of organization and provides the foundation for many other academic and professional disciplines, such as finance, management and marketing. Economics is oriented around solving real-world problems.

After completing the Economics MA program, students should have the technical skills required for economic analysis of business and public policy.

The Economics MA program can serve as a terminal degree or a foundation for those who intend to apply to the PhD program. It is dedicated to producing well-trained researchers and managers in the field of economics. 

PhD Planning

Outstanding students may enter directly into the Economics PhD program and pick up an Economics MA as part of the process. This provides applicants with the following two advantages.

  • Ensures that students will take the right classes immediately. 
  • Only PhD students are eligible for assistantships.

Learn more about assistantships and the Economics PhD program.

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Our Community

The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field, collaborating with them and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

Program Format & Curriculum

Classes for the Economics MA are offered in-person on Temple’s Main Campus. Students typically complete the program through classes offered after 5:30 p.m. The program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Students may take up to three years earn their degree, although students whose advisor certifies that they are making satisfactory progress may apply for an extension of the program for up to a maximum of five years.

Courses you will take as part of the Economics MA curriculum include

  • Econometrics,
  • Macroeconomic Analysis,
  • Macroeconomic Theory,
  • Math for Economists,
  • Microeconomic Analysis and
  • Microeconomic Theory.

Learn more about Economics MA courses.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2020–2021 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $942.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


You can focus on Economics or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Econometrics
  • Health Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labor
  • Quantitative Macroeconomics

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