Master of Science in Economics

The School of Economics offers a Master of Science degree for those desiring to pursue economics at an advanced level. It is grounded in applied economic theory and econometrics. The program allows for two tracks to graduate: Internship, and Coursework.

Internship Option

Minimum course credit hours at 6000 to 9000 level: 21

ECON 6105Macroeconomics3
ECON 6106Microeconomic Analysis3
ECON 6140Probability and Statistics3
ECON 6160Econometric Analysis3
Economics Electives3
Internship3
Advisor approved electives12
Total Credit Hours30

Coursework Option

Minimum course credit hours at 6000 to 9000 level: 21

ECON 6105Macroeconomics3
ECON 6106Microeconomic Analysis3
ECON 6140Probability and Statistics3
ECON 6160Econometric Analysis3
Economics electives6
Advisor approved electives12
Total Credit Hours30

Within those 30 credit hours, the student can choose 12 credit hours of elective courses in complementary areas such as Mathematics, Statistics, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, International Affairs, various areas in Management, or Public Policy, among other areas, or in Economics. The selection of these electives will be based on the student's chosen areas of concentration. The SOE Director of Graduate Studies along with the Academic Advisor will grant approvals for these courses.

BS/MS in Economics

Students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher in ECON courses are eligible to apply for the program after completion of 30 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech, but before the completion of 75 semester credit hours, including transfer and advanced placement credits. Students who have more than 75 credit hours will be considered for the program on a case-by-case basis.  Admissions decisions will be based on GPA and judgments of the Graduate Committee and faculty who have served as advisors or instructors. Continuation in the program will require the B.S. student to maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher in their ECON courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after the bachelor’s degree.

Students in the BS-MS ECON program will take 6 hours of ECON electives at the 6000 level which will be used toward ECON electives in the BS in Economics program and may be used toward core requirements or electives in the MS in Economics program. Prior to enrolling in 6000-level ECON courses, students will be required to complete ECON 3110 Advanced Microeconomics, ECON 3120 Advanced Macroeconomics, and ECON 3161 Econometrics. 

Students are encouraged to take 6 credit hours from the MSECON core courses (ECON 6105, ECON 6106, ECON 6140, or ECON 6160) during enrollment as a BS student.  However, they will have flexibility to enroll in any 6000 ECON course whose prerequisite requirements they have met. 

Bachelor of Science in Economics & International Affairs/Master of Science in Economics (BSMS Option)

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in EIA courses are eligible to apply for the program after completion of 30 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech, but before the completion of 75 semester credit hours, including transfer and advanced placement credits. Students who have more than 75 credit hours will be considered for the program on a case-by-case basis. Depending on demand, the required minimum GPA may be higher. Admissions decisions will be based on GPA and judgments of the Graduate Committee and faculty who have served as advisors or instructors. Continuation in the program will require the B.S. student to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their EIA courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after the bachelor’s degree.

Students pursuing the BSEIA/MSECON option will be required to take six (6) hours of ECON electives at the 6000 level while enrolled as an undergraduate student.  Prior to enrolling in 6000-level ECON courses, students will be required to complete ECON 3110, ECON 3120,  and ECON 3161. The 6000-level ECON courses will be used toward the BSEIA requirements as the required ECON electives.

Students are encouraged to take six (6) credit hours from ECON 6105, ECON 6106, ECON 6140, or ECON 6160 (the “core” MS ECON courses) during enrollment as an undergraduate student.  However, there will be flexibility to enroll in any 6000 ECON course as long as pre-requisites are met.  Currently, there are over a dozen ECON courses offered at the 6000-level which only have 4000-level prerequisite courses that an undergraduate student is likely to be able to meet.