2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 25, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Economics (M.S.)


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Program Coordinator/Contact

Joseph M. Santos, Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Economics
DePuy Military Hall
605-688-4141
E-mail: joseph.santos@sdstate.edu
www.sdstate.edu/economics/graduate-programs-0

Program Information

The graduate curriculum in economics prepares students for professions in business and government as well as for further graduate study. The program is built on a core curriculum of economic theory, which consists of courses in advanced microeconomics, advanced macroeconomics, and econometrics, and allows students to design individualized programs in one of the following four areas of emphasis:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Business Economics
  • General Economics

The Department of Economics offers an accelerated Master’s program, which allows qualified students to study towards a Master’s degree while completing their undergraduate degree. By combining course requirements for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, students enrolled in the accelerated Master’s program may be able to complete a Master’s degree within five years.

Course Delivery Format

The Department of Economics delivers graduate courses in a face-to-face format.  On occasion, the department may deliver an elective course in an online format.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

The Department of Economics prides itself on providing excellent academic programs and offers high-quality services to students. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships and scholarships may be available to qualified graduate students. The Economics Graduate Student Association (EGSA) supports graduate-student engagement opportunities, as well.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Master of Science Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours

Select one of the following options


Option A - Thesis


Option B - Research/Design Paper


Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B)


Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Department requirement of 575 paper-based, 90-91 Internet-based
IELTS: 6.0

The minimum prerequisites for unconditional admission into the program are successful completion of ECON 301, ECON 302, and undergraduate courses in statistics and calculus.

Two letters of reference are required.

Accelerated Master's Program


Students may apply for admission into the accelerated Master’s program as early as the end of their sophomore year, but must have a GPA of at least 3.5 in Department of Economics courses to be considered for acceptance in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should contact the Department of Economics graduate coordinator to obtain application requirements. Application and admission to the Graduate School is required.

Contact the Graduate Coordinator for further information.

General Requirements


Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Master's Degree Requirements .

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